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Doors to the World 


residents letter 

Our theme for this academic year 
is Milestones of Leadership. 
We celebrate the 75th year of 
student government at Mary Baldwin 
College and the 10th anniversary of the 
Virginia Women's Institute for 
Leadership. We have also completed 
our 10-year strategic plan, Mary 
Baldwin College 2014: Composing 
Our Future; we sent you the executive 
summary in September. As a communi- 
ty, we celebrate this milestone of 
leadership. In nine months, we sought 
and obtained broad involvement, we 
listened to the large chorus of voices, 
we synthesized themes, and we forged a 
10-year comprehensive strategic plan 
that we unanimously endorsed. This is 
exceptional. We have assumed collec- 
tive leadership toward the milestones of 
our future. Our strategic plan is the 
score from which we will now perform. 
In musical terms, as in my editing of 
the autograph manuscripts of C. P. E. 
Bach, our plan is a composing score. 
The themes and motifs are in place. 
But, we must work with it. We must 
orchestrate it — inviting every voice to 
contribute its most appropriate role 
and timbre. We must rehearse it in sec- 
tions over time. And then, finally, we 
can perform it and hear it, in its per- 
fected resonance, recorded for history 
in all its details, in 2014. 

At the heart of our plan is the 
Mary Baldwin College Advantage, the 
sequence of 10 key experiences that 
will help us meet students where they 
are and guide them through personal 
transformation of mind, body, and 
character: threshold experience; per- 
sonalized learning portfolios; 
personalized wellness plans; mentors 
and partners; active learning communi- 
ties; practical and experiential learning; 
distinctive academic major or interdis- 
ciplinary focus; international and 
multicultural experiences; capstone 
experience; and life and career transi- 
tion. The MBC Advantage is 

particularly relevant to our Residential 
College for Women, including PEG and 
VWIL, and we will investigate how it 
will best apply to our graduate and 
adult programs. 

In this and future issues of our 
magazine, we take a look at various 
components of the plan and how they 
touch the lives of our students. We do 
not yet know the final shape each 
component of the plan will take, but 
we do know what they need to accom- 
plish. One component of the 
Advantage is that it offers internation- 
al and multicultural experiences to all 
students. In this issue, we share the 
stories of alumnae, students, and fac- 
ulty to illustrate the importance of 
experiencing other cultures, moving 
beyond one's comfort zone, and seeing 
one's own culture from the perspective 
of another. 

We know we can't do everything 
at once. Executing purposeful, paced 
strategies requires vigilance. We foresee 
three large phases of implementation: 
near-term, mid-term, and long-term. 
During the initial two-year phase, we 
investigate further through several spe- 
cialized planning processes and initiate 
immediate enhancements. A four-year 
middle phase will launch and advance. 
In the final four-year phase, we will 
complete and assess. 

I have asked for volunteers to 
serve on 10 task forces, composed of 
faculty, staff, and students — one for 
each component of the Mary Baldwin 
College Advantage. I am very grateful 
for the enthusiastic response: more 
than 75 faculty and staff volunteered 
and will work together this year. I 
have convened the President's Council 
on Diversity and Inclusive 
Community. And I have asked our 
Alumnae/i Association Board of 
Directors, our Parents Council, and 
our Advisory Board of Visitors to 
form work groups to take a look at 
specific issues raised by the plan. 

Looking at it from a broad per- 
spective, this year is a time for 
initiation, investigation, and communi- 
cation. We are already initiating pieces 
of the plan, as in the two pilot learning 
communities in which some of this 
year's freshmen are participating. We 
are investigating, through task forces 
and work groups, the best practices in 
higher education and how best to adapt 
them to Mary Baldwin College. And 
we are communicating about Mary 
Baldwin's current strengths as well as 
the significance of our plan. 

Mary Baldwin College is part of a 
national movement in higher education 
that focuses on how individuals con- 
nect and reflect: a 21st century liberal 
education must be rooted in personal 
frames of reference and personalized 
pathways and plans. In this year's U. S. 
News & World Report rankings, a cen- 
ter spread titled "Choosing a School, 
Programs To Look Eor" features eight 
types of academic programs that rep- 
resent best practices in higher 
education: internships, senior cap- 
stones, first-year experiences, 
undergraduate research, learning 
communities, study abroad, service 
learning, and writing in the disci- 
plines. All eight listed are found 
either within our current curriculum 
or The Mary Baldwin College 
Advantage. Our plan is to add fur- 
ther dimensions of student success 
through personalized portfolios and 
wellness plans, mentors and partners, 
strong academic majors and interdis- 
ciplinary focuses, and life and career 
transition programs. In short, as we 
create a model for integrated learning 
that builds on what we already do 
well, we are doing something of true 
national significance. 


Acting Editor 
DAWN MEDLEY dmedlev@mbc edu 


The Mary Baldwin College 
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Doors to the World, page 2 

2 Doors to the World 

3 Student Notes from Abroad 

4 Gospel Music Transcends Language in France 
8 Faculty Ties to the World 

10 In the Moment in Beirut 

12 Betty Swope '65: Junior Year in Madrid 

18 No Shame: Theatre Will Never Be the Same 

20 Doenges Visiting Artists: Nozkowski and Sze 

24 Historic Renovation Wins State Award 

25 Seeing Green: Environmental Architecture 

26 Lonnie Watkins Finds Stability at MBC 

27 Striker Makes Soccer a Priority 
36 Homecoming 2004 

40 Commencement 2004 

60 Monet Watkins: Off the Writer's Block 

61 Bailey Vincent: Columnist Tackles Teen Issues 


14 News 

21 Faculty and Staff Highlights 

30 Mary Baldwin College Gift Shop 

44 Alumnae/i News and Class Notes 

58 Alumnae/i in Action 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Winter 2004 

"It changed my life," saysaiumna 

Klizahfth "Betty" Svvope nearly 40 years after she 
hesitantly boarded a ship to spend a full academic 
year in Spain. International experiences have long 
been a critical part of a Mary Baldwin College edu- 
cation. Rarely do Mary Baldwin students come 
away from a study abroad course or a cultural 
encounter on campus without a profound change in 
their worldview and priorities. Exposure to people 
from other different parts of the world is the norm, 
not the exception, at the college because of an 
expanding variety of trips, from Cyprus to Russia 
to South America; a diverse group of international 
faculty members; and the opportunity to interact 
with international students from Germany, Ireland, 
and japan, among others. 

The college's strategic plan calls for even more 
deliberate ways to encourage cross-cultural under- 
standing. Carrie Douglass, associate professor of 
sociology and anthropology, opines, "Study abroad 
could be the ideal capstone of an education in the 
liberal arts. For some the experience is momentarily 
disorienting; for others it is exhilarating. True learn- 
ing, always a stretch, is both these things." 

Douglass, a world traveler who has led Mary 
Baldwin studies in Bulgaria, Spain, and Peru, distin- 
guishes between international vacations and 
international studies. Douglass also lived and worked 
in Spain for eight years. "I'm not referring to 
tourism, where one is busy consuming another cul- 
ture and shopping for souvenirs," she continues. 
"Travel abroad in an academic context forces one to 
be reflective. One of the most important benefits of 
travel abroad as a student is that we see our own cul- 
ture, the United States, from a different perspective 
— from the outside. This contextualization of self is 
often one of the great unintended epiphanies that a 
young person gains on a trip to another country." 

In the coming months and years the college will 
find ways to ensure every student has an opportuni- 
ty to stretch her cultural awareness. Every student 
will have an affordable opportunity to study abroad, 
and the number of international students in 
Staunton will increase. The plan's sharpened focus 
on academic excellence is dependent on the presence 
of global and multicultural perspectives — in cours- 
es designed specifically for those purposes, and 
across the curriculum where global knowledge deep- 
ens understanding of the material. 

In this section we explore international travel 
and cultural contact through the eyes of students, 
alumnae, and professors. 


Students are often required 
to keep journals during their 
courses overseas to foster 
reflection about thie subjects 
they are studying, cultural 
understanding, and personal 
growth. In the following 
pages are excerpts from sev- 
eral students' journals from 
May Term 2004 trips. 

Polly Aun 05 

Polly Aun '05, Switzerland 

The little towns like Evian (where Evian water is produced) and the 
other little medieval towns where we have been are so well kept. 
There is hardly any litter on the streets. There also seems to be an 
openness and accessibility about Switzerland. There are cobblestone 
streets with tons of outdoor cafes everywhere, and the train rides 
are amazing. In ]ust 30 minutes you could 
go from somewhere where the weather 
was in the 70s to somewhere where it 
was 30 degrees. 

The presence of a McDonalds in 
almost every town and the American 
music in most cafes and even in clubs 
has convinced me that the country is 
very americanized. Many people seem to 
like Americans, but they don't always like 

our attitudes about things such as the fact that we kind of think we 
are the dominating power in the world. They also can't understand 
why we don't learn more languages. Switzerland has four national 
languages. That made me examine my own assumptions and I 
don't necessarily agree but I understand my own values better. 

Evelyn Pratt '06, Russia 

Before I went I didn't really know Dr. [Vladimir] Garkov — he was just 
the teacher to whom I handed my passport and credit card number 
and who gave me the tickets. I had never had a class with him or 
with the other two professors who came along, Dr. Fran [Virginia 
Francisco] and Professor [Janet] Ewing. By the end of the trip I knew 
them all as teachers and friends. 

I took the theatre class with Dr. Fran, and it was a fun and infor- 
mative way to learn all about theatre in Russia. She was so 
enthusiastic that it was hard nor to have fun. Professor Ewing 
became sort of like an older sister to all of the students, and we all 
came to count on her . . . especially for wake up calls. Dr. Garkov was 
down-to-earth and tried to make sure his students had as much fun 
as possible and experienced everything they could while in Russia. 
He, like Dr. Fran, was so excited that you became excited, too. I 
went to Russia expecting to just spend time with friends, and came 
away knowing that there were three great faculty members at Mary 
Baldwin that I wouldn't hesitate to take a class with. They really 
added to the experience of Russia. 

Winter 2004 • Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

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Anointed Voices of Praise 

Gospel Music Transcends 
Language in France 

Mary Baldwin students forged a creative partnership 

with local gospel singers and representatives from the city of Staunton to share their 
unique style of praise music with audiences overseas. The Anointed Voices of Praise — 
the student gospel group at Mary Baldwin College — connected with the Al 
Hamilton Community Choir and a handful of soloists from Virginia to take advan- 
tage of an invitation to perform in France. The French- American Gospel Music 
Workshop Exchange was arranged by Staunton natives Louisa Dixon, coordinator 
of the Franche-Comte Virginie cooperative program, and Larry Vickers, program 
director at Staunton's Booker T Washington Community Center. Dixon and 
Vickers paired the student-community choir with the Gospel Crescendo Choir of 
Maiche for a powerful exchange — of values, talents, and respect. 

Months of benefit concerts raised enough money to lower the cost of 
the trip for members of Anointed Voices of Praise. Mary Baldwin staff mem- 
bers Anne Roberts and Andrea Cornett-Scott, Staunton City Councilwoman 
Rita Wilson, and Staunton Downtown Development Association Executive 
Director Kimberly Watters were among the friends and family who joined 
the group for the trip and formed lasting relationships with Mary Baldwin 
students. In summer 2005, the French singers plan to visit Staunton and 
hold concerts in the area to continue the program. The American group 
continues to fundraise to supplement travel expenses and to cover the 
cost of hosting families next summer. 

Although they stayed in France only two weeks, the people 
and culture touched the American travelers in a way books and 
lectures could not. Some in the group expected France to be filled 
with people who dislike Americans. While performing for 
standing-room-only crowds in breathtaking, 16th-century 
cathedrals, they learned quickly that was not the case. 
People opened their arms, their hearts, and their homes 
to welcome the gospel singers from America. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Winter 2004 

"The group's first concert offering to the French 

people was in an ancient church in a canyon graced 

with a crystalline river and waterfalls. The 

combination of their 1 10 voices made a powerful 

music, and the rich solos of both French and 

American singers delighted all. Much of the 

American music was impromptu, spontaneous, and 

spiritually moved as it is at home. It was clearly 

appreciated b\ the audiences, many who watched 

in open-mouthed amazement." 


Staunton Downtown Dhvklopment Association 

"The concerts were indescribable, the music 
was so powerful, and the venues were exquisite." 

— Anne Roberts, director of donor relations and 
stewardship at Mary Baldwin College 

"The trip was an experience of a lifetime. 

We were treated like kings and queens 

throughout the region. The friendships that 

we made I believe will be lifelong. To see and 

experience firsthand how the French singers 

embraced gospel music is beyond words." 

— Jonathan Spi\ty, 

MUSIC teacher at Ch.arlottes\ille 

High School and accompanist to the Al 

Hamilton Communtty- Choir 

"Meeting the people 

and learning their 

customs were things 

that I will value forever. 

One of my favorite 

memories was when we 

made an American meal 

for our host family on 

our last night together. 

After days of fabulous 

French food we decided 

that they needed a taste 

of America. We made 

fried chicken, macaroni 

and cheese, potato 

casserole, and peach 

cobbler for dessert." 

— Holly Fuqua '06 

Winter 2004 • Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

"France was a wonderful experience and a 

blessing for me. We spoke many different 

languages, were from many different 

backgrounds, genders, and races, but we 

were all on one accord when it came to 

serving the same Dieu (God). The cultural 

experience was phenomenal because I was 

able to embrace a new culture, strengthen 

my language skills, and make new friends." 

Photos provided by 
Kimberly Walters, 
Holly Fuqua, 
Anne Roberts, 
Jonathan Spivey 
and Kimberly Allen 

"From the moment we 
stepped off of the train, 
the French people were 
there to greet us with 
cakes, breads, and 
fine wines. They had 
open arms ready to 
help us in any way. I 
had the best French 
Christine, two 
sisters — Amandine 
and Oceana — and 
Papa Luke. They 
spoke very little 
English, and even 
though I didn't 
speak much French, 
everything went 

— CiERRA Alston '05 

Pary Baldwin College Magazine • Winter 2004 

"I did not know what to expect when I 
committed to take a trip across seas, which is 
something I had never done before. The only 
thing I was sure of was the fact that 1 knew I 
was going to spread the love of Jesus through 
the ministry of song. What I did not know 
was that I myself would be ministered to and 
even come to find a family in a place 1 had 
never heard of, Maiche. I cannot begin to 
describe what happened to me and how it 
changed my life forever. The love I now have 
for a people and a culture that I had never 
encountered before seems surreal. To be able 
to live with people who do not speak the same 
language or live the same lifestyle was a very 
eye-opening thing." 

— Dfsirkh Ramskuk '06 

L \ii^lil':lk?l 

"The trip was absolutely wonderful for the 
students, in fact for everyone. The members of 
AVP were so open to all that France had to offer. 
They loved the food, marveled at the landscapes, 
embraced their host family experiences and did 
their very best to speak the language. They 
represented the college with a level of 
professionalism that would make the founders 
smile. Their music ministry broke through the 
language barrier. Wherever we went people 
would simply say, "Kum Ba Yah." I had the 
privilege of staying in a 500-year-old chateau 
with the Chopard Family. They did not speak a 
word of English and they pressed me to put my 
college degree to work. After 25 years of not 
speaking a word of French, I was inspired. I am 
going to take a French class at MBC this fall so I 
can keep in better touch with my family and get 
ready for their visit next summer. I cannot wait 
for next August." 

— Andrea Cornett-Scott, 

DEAN OF African American and multicultural affairs 

Winter 2004 • Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Joanna Casto '04, Italy 

Florence/Firenze, T9 April 04: My stomach churns almost as 
fast as my brain it seems. Seeing Dante Alghieri's house 
was surreal, and yet his alleyway residence was pleasantly 
quaint. We almost went to Harry's bar, where Hemingway 
hung out, but even just imagining the famous people, people 
throughout history who have wandered the streets of 
Florence boggles my mind. The Ultra-Arno will probably be 
my fave spot; crossing the Ponte Vecchio will take my breath 
away every time for sure. 

Venice/Venezia, 24 April 04: What a day! Started in the 
Doge's Palace. Then onto Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, 
which was a nice change of pace. The Assumption of the 
Virgin's three separate registers blended really well, and 
the details up close were very crisp. The Venetian light is 
evident everywhere — even in this small church in the 
heart of town. Titian's influence is apparent in all of the art, 
and it's amazing ... the church of San Giorgio Maggiore 
also looks at itself in the water in a predictably narcissistic 
fashion. Today's exploring made Titian's ideas and product 
click into place for me. I can't express how valuable it is to 
supplement what I've read with seeing this art for myself. 

Upward (draft) 

Milan to Pisa — 

The man from first 

snacks on eclairs. 

Six hours behind my time, 

dinner does not appeal, 

but I order, because I can. 

Anxious to trade 

currency, I hastily hand 

my euros to the attendant. 

She offers Dolce & Gobbana 

on her wrist — the light blue 

of her scent, strangely universal — 

It comforts like the Dolomites outside 

my window, like Titian's stroke, 

it calms me in transit to Europe. 

Faculty Ties 

Several full-time professors at Mary Baldwin College hail from 
countries around the globe, illustrating the international diversity 
present in the faculty and staff campus-wide. Some have been here 
for many years, others are new to the Shenandoah Valley; all carry 
a sense of responsibility to educate their students and peers about 
their international perspective. 

Andreas Anastasiou, assistant 

professor of psychology, left his home 
country of Cyprus at age 25 because 
"it was just too nice 
there," he said. 
Anastasiou sought 
intellectual chal- 
lenges and a broader 
cultural perspective 
while completing his 
undergraduate education at Lock 
Haven Universin,^ and master's and 
doctorate at the University of 
Pittsburgh, both in Pennsylvania. 

Since he started teaching at Mary 
Baldwin in 2000, Anastasiou has 
infused his classes with multicultural 
perspective to "move students outside 
of their realm of familiarity and 
toward accepting different view- 
points." For example, if students are 
learning about schizophrenia in abnor- 
mal psychology, he explores the way 
the mental illness is regarded around 
the world. 

Anastasiou also teaches 
Psychology of Peace and Conflict 
Resolution, a course partially inspired 
by the work of his brother, an activist 
for the reconciliation of Cyprus' 
Greek and Turkish sides. As part of 
the department's Multicultural 
Psychology course, Anastasiou took 
more than two dozen students to 
Cyprus for May Term 2004 to study 

the interactions between people raised 
in different hemispheres. 

"The most wonderful thing is to 
be able to integrate my life in Cyprus 
with my life here and establish an 
educational link between two places I 
love," he said. 

Alice AraujO, associate professor of 
communication, said one of her goals 
for her classes is to encourage students 
to become comfortable with ambiguity. 
"Students often end 
up discovering that 
there is surprisingly 
much common 
ground — that peo- 
ple all around the 
world are motivated 
by relatively similar needs," she said. A 
native of Brazil, Araujo said being an 
international faculn' member at Mary 
Baldwin is mutually beneficial for her- 
self and her students: "I weave global 
examples into my courses — not just 
those from Brazil, but from all over the 
world — for the benefit of students, 
but I am just as enriched by being here 
and hearing their points of view, too." 

"I tell myself I have a lot of 
responsibility because I'm aware that I 
may well be the only person they have 
met from my country, and therefore, 
their impression of the country might 
be based solely on me," she said. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Winter 2004 

Araujo earned her higher educa- 
tion degrees stateside, culminating 
with a Ph.D. from the Universit)' of 
Kansas, but she says. Til always be 
Brazilian. This is a campus in which 
being one's cultural self is not only 
tolerated, but valued." Among 
Araujo's course offerings is 
Intercultural Communication, which 
addresses how cultural values, world 
views, and verbal and nonverbal 
communication affect interactions 
with people of different cultures. 

VladLMIR Garkov, associate profes- 
sor of chemistrv; said his students are 
"elated" to learn about other cultures 
as they relate to the chemistrv- and 
geography courses he teaches. 

"The world is shrinking and we 
all need to learn how to understand 
each other better," Garkov said. 

A self-described travel addict, 
Garkov takes students abroad each 
May Term, lives part-time in Spain, 
goes back to Bulgaria — where he 
was born and 
earned his graduate 
JS ^ degrees — and fre- 
quents other 
V - ^ Eastern European 
countries such as 
Russia and 
Romania. Garkov holds a master's 
degree from Sofia .Medical School 
and a Ph.D. from the Institute of 
Gastroenterolog)' and Nutrition, both 
in Bulgaria. In his 13th year at .Mar)- 
Baldwin, Garkov continues to teach 
two courses that directly address 
international issues — Science in 
Cultural Context and Global Issues in 
Chemistry. The former includes an 
overseas trip to visit museums and 
laboratories where imponant chemi- 
cal discoveries were made. The latter 
focuses on world issues such as nutri- 
tion and famine, acid rain, and the 
earth's atmosphere. 

John Ong, associate professor of 
math, has spent almost equal parts 
of his life living in the United States 
and in .Malaysia, where he was 
born, raised, and earned his under- 
graduate degree in engineering at 

Wimef2004 • Mary BakKvin CoOege Magazine 

the University of .Malaya. Ong fi' 
came to America almost 25 years 
ago as part of his quest to "see the 
world," he said. And he did just 
that. Before he 
started to teach at 
.Vlary Baldwin in 
1989, Ong com- 
pleted advanced 
degrees at the 
University of 
Kansas, Virginia Tech, and the 
University of Virginia, and traveled 
— to Canada, Europe, .Mexico, and 
almost ever\^ state in the U.S. He can 
now count visits to 49 of the 50 
states in his travel log. 

Although Ong usually sticks to 
the universal language of mathemat- 
ics in his classes, he said he has 
found in .Marv' Baldwin a place 
where he is compelled to share his 
background with students and col- 
leagues. He has spoken several times 
in Asian studies classes about cul- 
ture, education, and religion in his 
native countr>'. 

"We are, whether we like it or 
not, in such a globally connected 
world," Ong said. "It would be 
naive to ignore the people all 
around us who can give us insight 
about other parts of the world. I 
like to challenge students' view of 
the world on their way to achieving 
a better understanding of what's 
happening around them." 

GUARI Rai, associate professor of 
social work, is the college's most recent 
international facultv- addition. A 
native of Varanasi in the northern 
part of India, Rai earned his first mas- 

P-| ter's degree in social 
work in his home 
country' at Kashi 
I Vidyapith 
University. He 
earned another mas- 
ter's at St. Louis 
University and his Ph.D. at Rutgers 
University in New Jersey, where he 
began his teaching career. 

■A professor at several American 
colleges and universities — including 
his most recent position at James 

continued on page 56 




By Ivy Arbulu 

Associate Professor of Spanish 

Editor's Note: 
Professor Arbulu 
wrote this piece in July 
2004, labile still in 
Beirut, Lebanon. The 
text appears unaltered 
in present tense to pre- 
serve the feeling of 
being "in the moment" 
when it was written. 

ESSAY about my sojourn in Beirut 
many times, and again and again I 
discarded what I wrote. I now realize 
why it has been so difficult to write 
about this wonderful experience: I 
refuse to accept it is almost over. I 
am still in Beirut and will be here 
until the end of July; then we will 
start our way back home traveling in 
the opposite direction. We will first 
go to Syria, and then to Jordan, then, 
finally heading west, we will go to 
Turkey, where, after a few days in 
Istanbul, we will take our plane back 
to Virginia. 

Jorge, my partner, and I came to 
Lebanon on February 5. He had 
accepted an invitation to teach in the 
philosophy department at the 
American University of Beirut 
(AUB). This invitation gave us the 
opportunity to come to the Middle 
East not as tourists but as members 
of a community. I realize that AUB is 
not just any community but one of 
the most important and influential 
intellectual communities of Lebanon, 
the Middle East and the Arab world. 

My plan was to spend my sabbatical 
leave learning Arabic and working 
on my book. This is what I did on a 
daily basis. 

Jorge and I were admitted to 
Intermediate Arabic II at the universi- 
ty; we had already started learning 
Arabic at the University of Virginia. 
Our peers in the class were foreign 
students — mainly Americans — 
spending a semester or a year at AUB, 
a few American professors, and 
students of Lebanese origin who 
knew how to speak colloquial 
Arabic but did not know formal or 
classical Arabic because they were 
raised abroad. The class had about 
12 students and our teacher was Dr. 
Nada Saab. Although Jorge and I 
had not studied Arabic with Al 
Kitaab — the most widely used text- 
book for learning Arabic — we 
adapted quite easily to the new text- 
book and learning method. 

Learning Arabic is an experience 
very different from learning any 
European language. In the classroom 
one learns formal standard Arabic, 
what is called fusha (foos-ha). This 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Winter 2004 

formal Arabic is the one that appears in 
the Koran, it is used in writing, and it is 
used on TV news programs, hushci is 
pan-Arab, that is, all Arabic-speaking 
countries share this same formal lan- 
guage and it is taught in schools. Yet, 
each Arab country has a colloquial 
dialect that derives from fusha, and this 
is what everybody speaks in the street 
and in their houses. These colloquial 
dialects can vary significantly from 
country to country. Someone from 
Lebanon, for example, may have some 
difficulty understanding someone from 
Morocco, but they can communicate if 
they both use fusha. Not everybody 
knows fusha since it is not spoken or 
taught at home; illiterate people or peo- 
ple with a poor school education do not 
know it, but they may understand it. 

Apart from the pronunciation dif- 
ferences between fitsha and the 
colloquial, there are also significant 
grammatical and lexical differences. The 
colloquial tends to simplify the gram- 
mar and to cut and contract the words. 
For example, while fusha has fourteen, 
(yes, fourteen!) personal pronouns with 

their respective verbal forms, in collo- 
quial they use only eight. While in fmha 
we pronounce all the syllables and their 
vowels, in colloquial all the final vowels 
— which tend to have a grammatical 
function — are dropped. 

So there we were learning this for- 
mal and literary Arabic that allowed us 
to communicate with everybody, yet 1 
must say that most of my communicative 
interaction went mainly in one direction. 
The first few times I went to a store that 
sold newspapers, school materials, and 
souvenirs I greeted the man and asked for 
a newspaper, a pencil, sheets of paper — 
or any other thing I could see in the store 
and that I had already learned how to 
name. The man, who is a gentle old man, 
smiled widely — probably because my 
sentences seemed a bit too literary or 
bookish — nevertheless, he told me the 
prices of the things I asked for, but in col- 
loquial. Of course, I was totally lost and 
then I had to switch to French or English 
to complete the transaction. But I did not 
give up on trying to communicate in 

Arabic — and the old man did not give 
up on me. Every day I went in to buy 
the newspaper and every day we 
engaged in small talk. He knew he had 
to talk to me in fusha and he did; I 
answered and asked him something or 
made some comment about the weather 
or any other topic. Every day he con- 
gratulated me for my progress, my 
pronunciation, or for the complexity of 
the sentence I had produced that day. 
Then I left the store with the newspaper 
and a sense of accomplishment about 
our conversation. 

I also tried this little exercise with the 
vegetable and fruit vendor, the laundry 
man, the taxi driver, Samar — the secre- 
tary of the philosophy department who 
always encouraged me and celebrated my 
"excellent Arabic" — and all the people I 
saw on a daily basis. The vegetable man 
was not very able with languages. He 
spoke a little English and his Arabic was 
mainly colloquial. Although he under- 
stood me, I had trouble understanding 

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Rums of the Temple 
of Bacchus in 
Baalbek, Lebanon 


Winter 2004 • Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Cibeles Plaza, Madrid, Spain 

Betty Swope '65: 

in Madrid 

While I chose to work in 
other countries as well, 
the kind of experience we 
had in Spain provided 
a wonderful window on the 
larger world for all of us. 
My advice: if you have such 
an opportunity, seize it. 

Colonnade of Royal F 

With only two years of 
Spanish under my belt, my 
Spanish instructor Barbara 
Clark convinced me to go to Spain. 
My parents agreed, as long as I earned 
spending money, so I set about work- 
ing several jobs each summer. When 
time came to sail aboard the S.S. 
Independence (we bunked in the old 
infirmary — all 13 of us), my only 
goal was to take it all in. I did. Despite 
the best efforts of our professors — 
including our month-long orientation 
to language and culture in Salamanca 
— in Madrid most of us were tongue- 
tied initially in conversations with our 
Spanish families; there are legions of 
tales about the misuse of words. 

Our experiences went far beyond 

the average student abroad: travel with 
our professors, many of whom were 
preeminent scholars in their fields, pri- 
vate classes at the Prado when the 
museum was closed, and daily life with 
families who treated us like daughters. 
We all cried buckets when it was time 
to leave. We treasured the experience, 
although I wouldn't fully understand 
the real impact of that year until later. 

We didn't realize how much we 
had changed and matured. We had 
been exposed to a unique culture and 
society and learned that not everything 
looks (or thinks) like we do. I chose to 
enter the Foreign Service (where I met 
my husband, who shares my enthusi- 
asm for discovering new cultures), 
hoping to continue to explore other 

lands and use my Spanish language 
skills. I have served in Lisbon, Madrid, 
Mexico City, Belgrade, Paris, Cairo, 
and as border coordinator for the 
United States-Mexico border (a job that 
had to be done on the road). Most 
recently, as U. S. Consul General in 
Guadalajara, Mexico, I lived, enter- 
tained, traveled, worked, and gave 
countless speeches in Spanish. In all 
my professional assignments, my fun- 
damental grounding came from that 
junior year in Spain with Mary 
Baldwin. While I chose to work in 
other countries as well, the kind of 
experience we had in Spain provided a 
wonderful window on the larger 
world for all of us. My advice: if you 
have such an opportunity, seize it. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Winter 2004 

him at the beguining. Still, as with all the people 1 met and 
talked to in Lebanon, he was patient and showed me that 
he appreciated the fact that I tried to speak his language. 
He taught me the names of all the vegetables and fruits. 

As the weeks went by, my Arabic improved and my 
understanding of the Lebanese colloquial improved. Still, 
whenever I wanted to have a real conversation I spoke 
either in French or in English. Most Lebanese people are at 
least bilingual; they speak Arabic and French. The school 
system is francophone, as French is the official language, 
but many people also speak English. Sometimes my conver- 
sations included all three languages in a peculiar mixture 
and switching back and forth from one to another. 

You may wonder, as many Lebanese people did, why I 
wanted to learn such a difficult language at this stage in my 
life — past el mezzo del cammin delhi mia vita} My main 
reason, my goal, is to be able to read Andalusian poetry 
that was written in Arabic during the Middle Ages. To be 
able to accomplish this will take me several years, some say 
it may take me between five and seven years; this does not 
demoralize me. I think it is worth it. Jorge, who also is 
interested in reading Ghazali and Averroes in Arabic, gives 
a practical reason: it is a good mental exercise for an adult. 
Learning another language exercises your memory and the 
elasticity of your mind as it tries to adapt to and create new 
syntactical structures. Last but not least, learning another 
language is a way of discovering a new world. Isn't it fasci- 

While in Lebanon I have read books by Lebanese and 
Middle Eastern authors. Amin Maalouf is one of the writ- 
ers I like. He is Lebanese, lives in France and writes in 
French. In his book Les Ideutites meiirtrieres (On Identity) 
he writes the following regarding linguistic diversity in a 
global world: "[Njowadays everybody obviously needs 
three languages. The first is the language of identity; the 
third is English. Between the two we have to promote a 
third language, freely chosen, which will often but not 
always be another European language. This will be for 
everyone the main foreign language taught at school, but it 
will also be much more than that — the language of the 
heart, the adopted language, the language you have mar- 
ried, the language you love." 

Spanish is my identity language. I learned English and 
French at school. Italian I learned at home by listening to 
it. Arabic is the language 1 have freely chosen to learn — 
my language of the heart — and I am already beginning to 
fall in love with it. 

Celeste Tidrick '04, Cyprus 

My trip to Cyprus was one of the most amazing 
experiences of my life. The people, the history, 
and the culture were captivating. There was a 
warm, welcoming atmosphere that enveloped 
us all. As well as experiencing this amazing 
country, I was able to end my years at Mary 
Baldwin with memories that are sure to last a 

It was quickly evident that everything and 
everyone in Cyprus revolves around the family. 
One of the best times I had was having tea with 
Dr. [Andreas! Anastasiou's mother. She made a 
scrumptious lunch and shared stories about her 
family and life. She welcomed us into her home 
and made us feel at ease. The entire family 
seemed so pleased to meet us and eager to get 
to know us. On a trip to a Greek Orthodox 
Church in a local village where Mrs. Anastasiou 
lived, I wanted to soak up every moment of the 
experience. The high vaulted ceilings, the paint- 
ings, and the Greek ceremony were so different 
from anything I had ever seen or experienced. It 
was completely filled with families and people 
who had grown up together or lived very close 
to each other. Families there are extremely close 
and rely and depend upon each other. 

I was also strongly moved by a presenta- 
tion about the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot 
conflict. The two men who gave the presenta- 
tion spoke of friends in villages being torn apart 
and the incredible sadness of lives and loved 
ones lost. They were so passionate and devoted 
to reuniting the two sides and ending the harsh 
feelings and misunderstandings from the past. 
They have devoted at least 12 years to their pro- 
ject and work tirelessly to keep it moving 
forward. They have started to work with the chil- 
dren, trying to eradicate hate and fear at a young 
age, and have even brought together children 
from both sides to meet each other. Although 
Cyprus is quite peaceful now, there are still 
buffer zones and U.N. soldiers, which was so 
surreal to me. I have seen these things on televi- 
sion, but it never seemed real until I saw it with 
my own eyes. We were actually able to see 
Famagusta, the "ghost city," which is a large city 
that is abandoned for miles to the sea because 
of the past war. 

Winter 2004 • Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Graduate Programs Attract More Students 

Strong interest in Mary Baldwin 
College's graduate and adult degree 
programs helped the college keep 
pace with record enrollment set last 
fall. Mary Baldwin began its 163rd 
year this fall with close to 2,230 stu- 
dents, including a record number of 
students in the college's two gradu- 
ate programs. 

Enrollment continued to boom 
in the three-year-old master's pro- 
gram in Shakespeare studies, which 
is offered in partnership with 
Shenandoah Shakespeare. The 52 
students include the program's first 
international student — a scholar 
from England. The first three stu- 
dents to earn their master of fine 
arts last summer were rewarded 
with a ceremonial hooding by 
world-famous and award-winning 
actress Dame Judi Dench at the May 

The Master of Arts in Teaching 
(MAT) Program, which last year 
marked its first decade, has more than 

150 students, an increase of about 20 
over last year's record high. Carole 
Grove, its director, credits the growth 
to, among other things, strong recom- 
mendations from students, graduates, 
and school systems hiring those grad- 
uates. The MAT, attracting both 
recent college graduates seeking initial 
licensure and seasoned educators, is 
offered at MBC regional centers in 
Staunton, Roanoke, Charlottesville, 
and Richmond. 

The Adult Degree Program 
(ADP), one of the oldest in Virginia, 
enrolled its first students at the new 
regional center in South Boston, 
Virginia boosting overall numbers 
to 1,190. Students in the program 
can also attend classes in 
Charlottesville, Richmond, 
Roanoke, and Weyers Cave to com- 
plete undergraduate studies, 
postgraduate teacher licensure, or a 
certificate program. 

MBC introduced about 295 new 
students to our Residential College 

for Women, including 254 freshmen 
and 41 transfer students. Enrollment 
in the residential program — histori- 
cally called the Traditional Program 
for Women — welcomed an excep- 
tional and diverse group of students, 
chosen from an applicant pool of 
more than 1,400. The freshmen are 
from states across the country and 
several countries overseas. About 34 
percent of those entering are women 
of color: African American, Asian 
American, Hispanic, and Native 
American. The college's signature 
programs continue to be strong. The 
Program for the Exceptionally Gifted 
(PEG) has 22 new students. Each 
PEG student bypasses all or most of 
high school to become full-time resi- 
dential students at Mary Baldwin. 
The Virginia Women's Institute for 
Leadership numbers 131 this year 
with more than 40 nULLs (see box), 
or new VWIL students, joining the 
ranks of the country's only all-female 
corps of cadets. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Winter 2004 

Mary Baldwin in U.S. News & World Report 

Null and Void? 

Every military academy has a cre- 
ative (and they all say 
'affectionate') name for first-year 
students in their corps. At the 
Citadel, they are " knobs ',' atVirginia 
Military Institute, they are "rats',' 
and at Mary Baldwin College 
Virginia Women's Institute for 
Leadership (VWIL), newcomers 

ThefirstVWILclass, thegrad- 
uatesof 1999, first applied the 
endearing identifier to new stu- 
dents as a way of suggesting that 
they are unfamiliarwith the routine 
of corps and the values it repre- 
sents. The lowercase "n" further 
emphasizes new students' subor- 
dinate status, and then became 
tradition, says Brenda Bryant, 
director of VWIL and acting vice 
president for enrollment. 

Student corps members lose 
the identifier before the end of 
their first year during a celebratory 

In its third year of classification as a 
master's-level university, Mary 
Baldwin College is proud to be 
named among the best colleges and 
universities in the country, according 
to the latest annual 
rankings by U.S. News & 
World Report. The college 
was listed in the top tier of 
master's-level universities 
in the South for the third 
consecutive year. 

"The data that 
placed us in the top tier 
clearly shows at least one 
of the elements of our 
success is the low student 
to faculty ratio of 11 to 1 and small 
average class size," President 
Pamela Fox said. "This allows us to 
personalize education, making sure 
that each student has those co- 
curricular and academic experiences 

that are so important." 

The most heavily weighted of 
the national magazine's many 
criteria is what it calls "peer 
assessment" — the opinions of 
presidents, chief 
academic officers, and 
deans of admission at 
other colleges and 

Mary Baldwin was 
,ilso recognized as one of 
the best colleges in the 
Mid-Atlantic region by 
The Princeton Review 
this fall. In a new online 
feature added to the 
magazine's annual college guide, the 
"Best Colleges: Region by Region" 
section profiles colleges and 
universities that "stand out as 
academically excellent institutions 
of higher learning." 

Teachers Get First-Hand History Lessons 

Dozens of area teachers were on cam- 
pus last summer to learn to teach 
American history more effectively in 
the kick-off sessions of Teaching 
American History, a program of The 
Institute for Decisive Events in 
American History based at Mary 
Baldwin College. The Institute was 
created to allow teachers to more 
fully explore major events that have 
shaped our country, a project envi- 
sioned by MBC professor Kenneth 
Keller and area public school officials 
and funded with a $700,000 U.S. 
Department of Education grant. 

There were two offerings includ- 
ing a session on the revolutionary era 
led by MBC Adjunct History 
Professor Katherine Brown; and a 
second workshop about the struggle 
for women's rights guided by 
Associate Professor of Political 
Science Laura van Assendelft. Area 

teachers attending the sessions earned 
up to three hours of graduate credit, 
and may develop Web sites on deci- 
sive events. Future courses to be held 
during summers and weekends over 
the next three years will be coordi- 
nated with significant Virginia 
historical sites such as Monticello, 
the Booker T Washington National 
Monument, and the Woodrow 
Wilson Birthplace. 

The Institute, a partnership 
between Mary Baldwin and schools 
in Augusta and Roanoke counties and 
Staunton and Waynesboro cities, is 
funded by a $99 million federal grant 
that supports projects in 175 school 
districts nationwide. The college 
recently hired Amy J. Tillerson, a doc- 
toral candidate at Morgan State 
University in Baltimore, to lead the 
Institute and teach undergraduate his- 
tory courses at MBC. 

Winter 2004 • Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Giannina Garces '02 

Graduate Earns Cooke 
Scholarship For Graduate 
Study at Johns Hopkins 

Giannina Garces '02 wanted to study 
medicine long before her mother was 
diagnosed with breast cancer during her 
freshman year at Mary Baldwin. 
However, watching her mother endure 
treatment — including a double mastecto- 
my, and then celebrate her recovery — 
solidified Garces' career goal. She was 
selected as one of 39 students pursuing 
graduate studies this year to receive a 
scholarship of up to $50,000 annually 
through the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. 
A private, independent Foundation, it was 
established in 2000 to help young people 
of exceptional promise reach their full 
potential through education. 

Garces will use the award to study 
for a combined doctor of medicine and 
master of public health degree at the 
Johns Hopkins University School of 
Medicine. The daughter of native 
Ecuadorians, Garces hopes to provide 
treatment to other Hispanic women and 
improve the public health messages to 
Hispanics and other minorities in the U.S. 
and Latin America. 

As a student in the college's Program 
for the Exceptionally Gifted, Garces was 
awarded a Bill and Mclinda Gates 
Millennium Scholarship in the program's 
inaugural year. She has had internships 
and jobs at the National Institute for 
Health and the National Cancer Institute. 

VWIL Mourns Soldier's Death 

The Virginia Women's Institute for 
Leadership Corps of Cadets has been 
fortunate not to lose any of its alum- 
nae in combat, but this summer the 
death of the husband of a graduate 
hit too close to home. 

Army 2nd Lt. Leonard Cowherd 
III was fatally wounded in Karbala, 
Iraq less than a year after his mar- 
riage to Sarah Cerri, a 2003 graduate 
of Mary Baldwin College. Lt. 
Cowherd, 22, was a platoon com- 
mander with the Army's First Brigade 
1st Armored Division and a 2003 
graduate of West Point. 

Brenda Bryant, director of VWIL 
and acting vice president for enroll- 
ment management and student life, 
remembers Cowherd's frequent visits 
to campus — often with his twin 
brother, Charles, who also dated a 
Mary Baldwin cadet. 

"He was fun loving, high-energy, 
and playful," she says. 

Lt. Cowherd had written of his 
war experiences in accounts pub- 
lished by the Citlpeper (Virginia) 

Renewing Our Environment 

Guided by the strategic plan. 
Composing Our Future, the college 
has already taken steps to renew our 
environment, one of the plan's five 
key initiatives. MBC is developing a 
master plan to ensure it's campus and 
facilities provide the right setting. In 
the meantime, two campus buildings 
benefited from makeovers in the past 
few months. 

The hallways and classrooms of 
Carpenter Academic Building were 
brightened with two new paint colors 
on the walls and fresh carpet on the 
floors. Several classrooms have new 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Winter 2004 

By Samantha Sprole '06 

Graduate students in the college's acclaimed Shakespeare studies prcigram moved 
from the familiar arena of the Blackfriars Playhouse to the lawn at Rose Terrace 
on campus to stage Pericles as their first outdoor show. 

Produced by the graduate student organization University' Wits, Pericles was 
performed under the direction of Colleen Sullivan and featured original music by 
Dorene Fisher and Angie Barbera, all students in the Master of Letters and 
Master of Fine Arts in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance 
(M.Litt. and MFA) program. The platform stage was set up to mimic the open-air 
Globe Theatre stage in London. The Wits even encouraged "groundling" audi- 
ence members to stand during the performance for authenticity. 

The Wits made the most of a short rehearsal period, reusable costumes, a 
simple set, an original live score, and audience interaction. Screeching tires, 
inclement weather, and other outdoor situations instantly became a part of the 
play. "Outdoor theatre levels the playing field; it seems to bring the audience and 
the actors in closer communion, as if we are all in this together," Sullivan said. 

The audience embraced the outdoor production, rain or shine, and made 
generous donations for future University Wits performances. The pay-what-you- 
think-it's-worth-after-the-show Globe tradition paid off, earning the Wits nearly 
$ 1,500 from contributions, concessions, and T-shirt sales. 

"Overall [Pericles was] a tremendous success and the beginning of a tradi- 
tion for the Universit)' Wits, the M.Litt. and MFA program and Mary Baldwin," 
Sullivan added. 

We invite you to watch the college calendar to be among the first to know 
about the Wits' production of "The Winter's Tale" in May 2005 during 
Homecoming and Commencement weekend. 

Donald Campbell, left, and MBC 
President Pamela Fox display the ornate 
silver tea service and red Mary Baldwin 
Wedgwood plates that he presented to 
the college. The tea service — a gift to 
pioneering former MBC Dean Elizabeth 
Phfol Campbell from the student body 
in 1936 — and one dozen plates were 
donated to Mary Baldwin by Campbell, 
the son of Elizabeth Pfhol Campbell and 
former Board of Trustees Chairman 
Edmund Campbell. The Campbell family 
also loaned the college a com silver 
sugar bowl and cream pitcher that origi- 
nally belonged to Rufus Bailey, one of 
the college's founders and a great- 
grandfather of Edmund Campbell. These 
historical items will be on display in the 
President's House. 

faux-wood window blinds, confer- 
ence tables, and desks. 

To make exercise equipment 
more accessible to students, part of 
the Pannill Student Center has been 
transformed into a workout center, 
thanks to a generous gift from a 
friend of the college. New treadmills, 
bikes, elliptical machines, and a stair 
climber line the wall of windows 
opposite the Pub. The Center's hours 
will be modified over time to reflect 
usage by students and staff. The pop- 
ular grab-and-go lunch service at the 
Pub has been enhanced to include a 
continental breakfast menu, and 
menu items are more focused on 
healthy food options. 

College Boards Welcome 
New Leaders 

An advertising executive, a former 
math teacher, and the owner of a 

diamond store were among the 
alumnae selected this year to lead 
Mary Baldwin College boards. 

Louise Rossett McNamee '70, 
an advertising pioneer and partner 
in the firm Messner Berger 
McNamee Schmetterer Euro RSCG, 
was elected to head the MBC Board 
of Trustees. A trustee since 1989, 
McNamee earned a B.A. in English. 
We introduced her in a story in the 
summer issue of the Mary Baldiciii 
College Magazine. 

Helen Forster '83 was appoint- 
ed by President Fox to chair the 
college's Advisory Board of Visitors. 
A member of the board since 2000, 
Forster and her husband. Bob, own 
and manage The Diamond Outlet in 
Brentwood, Tennessee. Forster 
earned a graduate degree from the 
Gemological Institute of America 
and has three children. 

After eight years on the 
Alumnae/i Association Board of 
Directors, Ann Gordon Abbott 
Evans '65 was elected to a term as 
board president. A former teacher, 
Evans re-established a strong con- 
nection with the college when her 
daughter, Mary Katherine Evans 
Hogg '96 enrolled and Evans joined 
the Parents Council. 

President Fox also appointed 
Bruce Hatlem to chair of the 
Parents Council. Bruce and Judy 
Hatlem, parents of Stephanie 
Hatlem '05, have been involved 
with Parents Council since their 
daughter was a sophomore. Bruce 
Hatlem served 20 years in the U.S. 
Marine Corps and works as a logis- 
tics management specialist for the 
U.S. Navy's Air Systems Command 
(NAVAIR) in the Joint Strike Fighter 
Program Office (JSFPO). 

Winter 2004 • Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

No Shame: 

Theatre Will Never Be the Same 

"It's not a place to 

be discovered, it's 

a place to try 

things out and put 
perfection aside." 

Ristaus theatre project invites national imitation 

where it all started. 

By Dawn Medley 

A theatre production with no 
rehearsals? No costumes or sets? No 
"booing"? No problem. 

At No Shame Theatre, the phrase 
"Where anything can happen, and 
usually does" is more than just the 
motto used by offspring of the experi- 
mental theatre sprouting up around 
the country. It is a license to make 
unexpected things happen. 

"It's not a place to be discovered, 
it's a place to try things out and put 
perfection aside," said Todd Ristau, 
Mary Baldwin assistant professor of 
theatre. Ristau generated the idea for 
No Shame with his friends while earn- 
ing his Master of Fine Arts at the 
University of Iowa. 

"No Shame equals the freedom to 
fail," he said. 

The skits might sometimes flop, 
but the idea thrives. Almost 20 years 
after Ristau and his buddies stood up 
in the bed of his three-toned, beat-up 
Dodge pickup truck to deliver the first 
official No Shame performance, inde- 
pendently run branches have taken 
root in culture-savvy cities such as Los 
Angeles, Chicago, Austin, and 
Portland. Ristau himself started the- 
atres in New York City, Charlottesville, 
and near his home in Roanoke, 
Virginia — all followed by press cover- 
age and word-of-mouth buzz. 

No Shame debuted at Mary 
Baldwin in May with a lineup of 
more than two dozen skits by 
Ristau and students in his May 

Term playwriting course. The on- 
campus performance was a first for 
No Shame in Staunton, but Ristau 
teamed with the college's unique 
graduate program for Shakespeare 
scholars, other students, and 
Staunton residents to begin regular 
sessions in a downtown building 
this fall. 

It is easy for Ristau to think of 
No Shame theatres as extensions of his 
classroom; places where students are 
encouraged and praised, but also 
where they are challenged to step out- 
side their comfort zones. 

The shows are late at night. They 
are uninhibited — aside from the fact 
that performers aren't allowed to 
break any laws. And they are very 
good and very bad. But don't worry, if 
you don't like the act you're watching, 
a different one will be on in three to 
five minutes. 

No Shame should not be misun- 
derstood as No Pride. Performers take 
their work seriously and participate as 
a method of improving their craft. 

They usually start with the master 
of ceremony's call to "Let the 
Shamelessness begin!" There is hardly 
a typical lineup. In the course of a No 
Shame session, you can listen to a 
humorous song about love, be torn 
apart by a story about the death of a 
childhood best friend, hear a playful 
rant about the perils of instant messag- 
ing (IM-ing) and shudder at a 
monologue by someone in character as 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Winter 2004 

a crematorium employee. A Best of 
No Shame show at James Madison 
Universit)' in Harrisonburg — one of 
the newest sites — featured these in a 
lineup of about two dozen skits that 
celebrated the end of its first season on 
that campus. 

"You don't have to worry too 
much about it going bad," said Trent 
Westbrook, a JMU student who 
brought No Shame to his campus as a 
part of a class project when he was a 
senior. "You're just happy you're get- 
ting up there." 

Westbrook was introduced to No 
Shame in Charlottesville and admits it 
took several months before he had the 
courage to perform himself. Last sum- 
mer, he ^^^^^^^^^^ 
Ristau and dozens 
of other regular No 
Shamers at the 
acclaimed Piccolo 
Spoleto cultural 
festival in South 
Carolina to per- 
form for crowds of 

"It catches on 
so effortlessly 
because of the sup- 
portive community 
it builds," 
Westbrook said. 

If No Shamers 
wanted to drop a 
few names of 
famous past partic- 
ipants, they could 

do that, too. Camryn Manheim {The 
Practice), ]ohn Leguizamo (Ice Age), 
and Toby Huss (King of the Hill, 
Carnivale) stepped onto No Shame 
stages before they set foot on sound 
stages and movie sets. Ristau himself 
has had a successful drama career. 

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Pieces must be original. 

Pieces should be no more 
than five minutes in 

You can't break anything 
— not yourself, not the 
audience, not the theatre, 
and especially not the law. 

WWW. noshame. org 

highlighted by one of his plays. Great 
Balls of Fire: The Jerry Lee Lewis 
Story, being produced in the West End 
theatre district of London. 

But the actors Ristau is most proud 
of are his snidents. Along the way, several 
undergraduate and graduate students 
have become regulars at No Shames near 
campus and in their hometowns. 

"You really feel like you're part of 
the process," said Samantha Sprole '06. 

John Shirley, a student in MBC's 
master's degree program in 
Shakespeare and Renaissance litera- 
ture in performance, was introduced 
to No Shame while working as 
Ristau's graduate assistant. Ristau 
was tossing around the idea of a No 
Shame First Aid 
Kit where fledgling 
theatres can find 
pieces already writ- 
ten (and usually 
performed) by reg- 
ulars to 

temporarily fill 
their rosters. 
Shirley and Ristau 
worked together to 
create the data- 
base, which 
includes works 
from dozens of 
people, including 
many of the origi- 
nal crew members. 
"I am still 
^^^^^^^^^^ amazed that I am 
^^^^^^^^^^ working with 

someone who has 
the talent, the vision, and the mod- 
esty that Todd Ristau has," said 
Shirley, who also performed at 
Piccolo Spoleto this summer. "Mary 
Baldwin has an amazing resource 
and an inspiration by having him on 
the faculty." 

Ashley White and Trent Westbrook 

Although Ristau said there was 
little planning for the proliferation 
of No Shame, he and his partners 
authored the guide How to No 
Shame in 1990 to establish some 
consistency among theatres nation- 
wide. "It's just been exploding" 
since the release of the book, he said. 

John Gibson, artistic director at 
Live Arts in Charlottesville, Virginia 
summed up his passion for the for- 
mat as it started its third season in 
the city: "My only question for any 
theater without No Shame is 'What 
are you waiting for?' Don't let the 
revolution start without you." 

If the movement can start in the 
back of a truck — complete with a 
wooden rear gate and a motorcycle 
headlamp for light — it can take 
root pretty much anywhere. 

There might be a No Shame 
Theatre in your backyard — Austin 
(Texas), Cedar Falls (Iowa), and 
Miami (Florida) are a few of the 
nationwide locales — but the newest 
branch is right here in Staunton. Stop 
in when you are in town for a show at 
10:30 p.m. on the first and third 
Mondays of the month at 1 3 West 
Beverley Street (across from SunTrust 
Bank). Performers are asked to arrive 
and turn in their pieces beginning at 
9:30 p.m. Actors and audience mem- 
bers pay $5 at the door. 

Winter 2004 • Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

DoENGES Visiting Artist Thomas Nozkowski 

Forget What You 
Think You Know 
About Painting 

By Dawn Medley 

It might be a landscape. Or an emo- 
tion. Or a phrase in a book he's reading. 
Or an everyday activity easily over- 
looked by most people. This is where 
Thomas Nozkowski, the 2003-04 
Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Doenges 
Visiting Artist at Mary Baldwin 
College, finds inspiration. 

You will not find a neat row of 
trees made with careful brushstrokes or 
faces expressing grief or joy in his port- 
folio of work. Instead, a vertical series 
of shapes on a crosshatched blue back- 

ground or a thin, forked line on a field 
of golden shades is Nozkowski's artistic 
attempt to understand the things he 
sees, hears, and feels. 

In one-on-one critiques with the 
students in his May Term class, he 
encouraged them to focus less on form, 
more on content. His efforts were 
directed not at producing emulators of 
his painting style, but rather toward per- 
suading students to let go of their 
preoccupation with what a painting 
should be and what it should look like. 

The description for his course Subjects 
of the Artist asked, "What is the true 
content of a work of art?" 

"The technical advice is easy," said 
Nozkowski, a New York native who 
lives and works in a former synagogue 
in Chinatown. "But what we prize 
when we look at a work of art are the 
ideas behind the craft. We are moved by 
the knowledge that it is a representation 
of something the artist cared about, a 
glimpse into how he or she sees the 
world. The development of that idea is 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Winter 2004 

harder — almost impossible — to 

The Doenges \'isiting Artist/Scholar 
program is named in honor of Elizabeth 
Doenges "63, a civic leader who died in 
1994. She wanted Mary Baldwin stu- 
dents and faculr>- to have the opportunit)- 
to learn from prominent professionals, 
such as Nozkowski, who are engaged in 
distinguished work. In addition to his 
class, Nozkowski held a public lecture 
and question-and-answer session on cam- 
pus last fall. His wife, sculptor and 
landscape architect Joyce Robins, also 
shared her work on campus and spoke 
about the effects of feminism in the art 
world during May Term. 

Nozkowski was nominated for the 
Doenges by Paul Ryan, MBC associate 
professor of art. Ryan said he fell in love 
with the inventiveness of Nozkowski's 
paintings when he first saw them almost 
20 years ago. 

"Tom is one of a few \ery important 
contemporar)' painters who have pre- 
served abstract painting as a vital art form 
in the late 20th and early 21st centuries," 
Ryan said. 

A 1967 graduate of The Cooper 
Union — a historic studio school in 
Manhattan — Nozkowski is at ease in the 
classroom. He has been a visiting artist, 
similar to his three-week stay at Mary 
Baldwin, at several notable institutions 
over 30 years. He is a full professor at 

Rutgers Universit>'s Mason Gross School 
of the Arts, where he has taught for the 
last four years. 

"What's good for me about teach- 
ing in general is that it gets me out of 
the studio to see if my ideas resonate 
with others," he said. "I have the chance 
to test the reality of what I'm doing." 

Layering coral-colored paint onto a 
fresh canvas, Ellen Michael '04 explained, 
"Having somebody who is open to 
abstract ideas is encouraging." Michael's 
unusual artwork combines paint and plas- 
ter on the canvas. Working with 
Nozkowski, she said her paintings are 
evolving into less direct representations, 
achieved by pushing the plaster shapes 
partially off the canvas at different angles. 

Jim Yoxall '06, a student in the 
Adult Degree Program, said 
Nozkowski's uncritical but persistent 
questioning about his choice of color, 
brushstroke, or pattern caused him 
to be more deliberate about how he 
represents images and emotions on 
the canvas. 

"It's the thought process he's helping 
us go through, not just the motions," 
Yoxall said. 

Most of Nozkowski's works — 
some of which are part of prominent 
collections such as New York's 
Metropolitan Museum of Art and 
Washington's Corcoran Gallery — are 
untitled. He wants observers to 

"There are two things I hope 
students cultivate in my 
classes: self-criticism and the 
understanding that everything 
they create should be 
something personal." 

concentrate on interpretation, not the 
source of the art. Nozkowski is an 
abstract artist, but he does not fit neatly 
into the category of "painter" because 
he also works extensively with graphite, 
colored pencils, ink and crayons. "I'm 
never happier than when I can mix 
them all up," he said in an interview 
that was part of a recent exhibition at 
the New York Studio School. 

Whether the students he teaches 
become professional artists or not, 
Nozkowski believes that learning how 
to think like an artist will serve them 
well in life. 

"Art practice creates critical think- 
ing and the ability to distinguish your 
personal takes on things from societal 
wisdom," he said. "There are two things 
I hope students cultivate in my classes: 
self-criticism and the understanding that 
everything they create should be some- 
thing personal." 

2004-05 Doenges Scholar: Arthur Sze 

Poet Arthur Sze (pronounced "zee"), a second-genera- 
tion Chinese American who is the author of seven 
volumes of poetry (with an eighth in the works), is the 
2004-05 Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Doenges Scholar. Sze is 
one of the group of poets whose work is shifting the face 
of American poetry by incorporating Asian influences, 
says Robert Grotjohn, Mary Baldwin associate profes- 
sor of English. 

Sze's poems have been translated into Chinese, 
Italian, and Turkish and have appeared in dozens of national and interna- 
tional magazines and collections such as American Poetry Revieiv, 
Harvard Magazine, and Kyoto loiirnal. Sze is also the recipient of several 
prestigious poetry awards including a Western States Book Award for 
Translation, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 
an American Book Award, and two National Endowment for the Arts 
Creative Writing Fellowships. 

Sze is a creative writing professor at the Institute of American Indian Arts 
in Santa Fe. His time on campus includes a short visit this fall and a longer 
visit in the spring, when he will teach a May Term course. 

"The Shapes of Leaves," from Sze's collection, 
The Redshifting Web: Poems 1970-1998 

Ginkgo. Cottonwood, pin oak, sweet gum, tulip tree: 
our emotions resemble leaves and alive 
to their shapes we are nourished. 

Have you felt the expanse and contours of grief 
along the edges of a big Norway maple? 
Have you winced at the orange flare 

scaring the curves of a curling dogwood f 

I have seen from the air logged islands, 

each with a network of branching gravel roads, 

and felt a moment of pure anger, aspen gold. 

I have seen sandhill cranes moving in an open field, 

a single white whooping crane in the flock. 

And I have traveled along the contours 
of leaves that have no name. Here 
tvhcre the air is wet and the light is cool, 

I feel what others are thinking and do not speak, 
I know pleasure in the veins of a sugar maple. 
I am living at the edge of a new leaf. 

Winter 2004 • Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

faculty and staff 

Carrie Arnold, formerly the records 
and events coordinator for the Adult 
Degree Program, started work as an 
admissions counselor May 17 

N. Michael Bissell, commandant of 
cadets forVWIL, visited Seoul, 
South Korea, in June and was 
inducted into the Gold Order of 
Saint Michael. The Army Aviation 
Association of America's prestigious 
award recognizes Bissell's contribu- 
tions in military service. Bissell also 
organized a leadership seminar for 
the Virginia Executive Institute in 
Richmond entitled "Making Difficult 
Changes in Large Organizations." 

Brenda Bryant, director of VWIL, 
has also been named acting vice 
president for enrollment manage- 
ment and student life. Sharon 
Spalding has been named associate 
director of VWIL and will also contin- 
ue to teach physical education. 

Ashley Buchanan, assistant direc- 
tor of admissions and financial aid 
counselor, and financial aid coun- 
selors Amanda Dixon and Renee 
McChesney attended the Virginia 
Association of Student Financial Aid 
Administrators conference in Virginia 
Beach in early May. 

Jeffrey Buller, vice president for 
academic affairs and dean of the col- 
lege, was invited for the second 
consecutive year to present seven 
pre-performance lectures at the 
International Wagner Festival in 
Germany. He also had three essays 
in the 2004/05 Season Companion 
of the Chicago Lyric Opera. 50th 
anniversary edition. 

Paul Callo, assistant professor of 
biology, had an article titled "Do 
predator model presentations affect 
nesting success?" published in the 
April issue of Journal of Field 

Mary Hill Cole, professor of history, 
presented the opening paper enti- 
tled "Monarchy in Motions: An 
Overview of the Elizabethan 
Progresses" at the Elizabethan 
Progresses Conference in Stratford, 
England. Cole also spoke on 
"Elizabeth I and Her Family" at a 
meeting of the Society for the Study 
of Women in the Renaissance at the 
City University of New York 
Graduate Center in New York City 

Bruce Dorries, assistant professor of 
communication, attended the 

Association for Education in 
Journalism and Mass 
Communication conference in 
Toronto, where he made two presen- 
tations — one on teaching disability 
awareness to media writers and one 
on integrating community service 
learning in a communication cam- 
paign. Dorries also served on the 
community editorial board for The 
News Leader \n Staunton, was a 
member of the board of a literacy 
council based in Waynesboro, and 
conducted research for an entrepre- 
neurial program that Mary Baldwin 
hopes to develop. 

Virginia Francisco attended an 
international conference on the 
baroque theatre in Cesky Krumlov. 
Czech Republic, including candle- 
light performance in Castle 
Krumlov's restored 18th century 
theatre. London, Francisco 
researched a unique — and little 
noticed — image of a 16th century 
masque in performance. 

W. Michael Gentry, associate pro- 
fessor of mathematics, served as a 
judge for the mathematics and sta- 
tistics section of the Virginia Junior 
Academy of Science Meeting at 
Virginia Commonwealth University, 
Jim McCrory, professor of educa- 
tion joined Gentry at Virginia 
Commonwealth to present a paper, 
"Correlates of Boredom Proneness," 
at the 82nd Annual Meeting of the 
Virginia Academy of Science. 

Lisa Howdyshell, formeriy the 
office coordinator at the Physical 
Activities Center, took on new 
responsibilities at the college as 
records and events coordinator for 
adult and graduate studies. 

Kenneth Keller, professor of histo- 
ry, presented three papers this 
summer; "The Valley Turnpike as a 
Cultural Landscape" at Shenandoah 
University; and "Medicine as 
Cultural Baggage: Healing and 
Disease in the Ulster Scots 
Settlements of Virginia" and 
"Searching for Status: The Creation 
of a Scots-Irish Elite in the Valley of 
Virginia" (with co-author Katharine L. 
Brown, adjunct professor of history) 
at the Center for Migration Studies 
in Omagh, Northern Ireland. Keller 
also served as senior advisor to the 
Institute for Decisive Events in 
American History at MBC. 

Judy Klein, professor of economics, 
was invited to give a plenary address 

to the History of Economics Society 
annual meeting. She delivered her 
lecture "Constructing Duality: How 
Applied Mathematics became a 
Science of Economizing, 1940-1960" 
at the University of Toronto. 

Sara Nair James, associate profes- 
sor of art history, attended a 
conference on Art andTheology in 
the Orvieto Cathedral, sponsored by 
the Orvieto Cathedral and the 
Archdiocese of Central Italy. James 
also published a book review of 
Creighton Gilbert's "How Fra 
Angelico and Signorelli saw the End 
oftheWorid" in the summer issue 
of the Renaissance Quarterly. 

Daniel Metraux, professor of Asian 
Studies, wrote a chapter on Japan's 
Soka Gakkai in Southeast Asia in 
Global Religious Movements in 
Regional Context, published this 
summer. Metraux's article "A Critical 
Analysis of Brian Victorie's 
Perspective on Modern Japanese 
Buddhist History" was published in 
the 2004 issue of The Journal of 
Global Buddhism. 

Steve Mosher, professor of Health 
Care Administration and political sci- 
ence, chaired a review team 
session at the Association of 
University Programs in Health 
Administration in San Diego, 
California. Mosher was also on a 
panel entitled "The Uninsured," 
which was sponsored by the 
Charlottesville Free Clinic and con- 
nected to the Showtime original 
series American Candidate. He also 
participated on a panel sponsored 
by Pfizer Inc. on "Hypertension and 
Dyslipidemia Management 
Decisions — Implications for 
Today's Employers." 

Roderic Owen, professor of phi- 
losophy, attended the Warrior 
Forge's Educators Conference at 
Fort Lewis, Seattle on behalf of 
the VWIL program. Owen also 
served as vice president and pro- 
gram chair for the North American 
Association for the Study of Welsh 
History and Culture, As part of the 
organization's conference, he 
served on a panel examining the 
teaching of Welsh history and cul- 
ture at North American colleges 
and universities. 

Peggy Perozzo, assistant profes- 
sor of physics, collaborated with 
Michael Gentry and research 
assistant Dung LyTran on 

research for the fifth annual MAR- 
CUS (Mid-Atlantic Regional 
Conference of Undergraduate 
Scholarship) at Sweet Briar 
College in October 2003, The team 
received a $2,700 grant from 
Virginia Foundation for 
Independent Colleges to conduct 
research in two areas: application 
of genetic algorithms in seeking 
the optimal solution to the game 
of spider solitaire; and the effect 
of surface tension on natural reso- 
nant frequency of liquids in a 

Paul Ryan, associate professor of 
art, was one of two artists fea- 
tured in the exhibition "Divided 
Space — Paul Ryan and Paula 
Owen" at the Emerson Gallery of 
the McLean Project for the Arts in 
northern Virginia, Ryan's review of 
the exhibition "New World Order; 
A Retrospective of the Work of 
Kay Rosen," will appear in the 
Sept./Oct, issue of Art Papers 

Jim R. Sconyers Jr., assistant 
professor of art, held solo exhibi- 
tions at the Staunton-Augusta Art 
Center in June and Piedmont 
Virginia Community College's 
Gallery in Charlottesville in late 

ElaineTraynelis-Yurek, adjunct 
professor in the MAT program at 
Mary Baldwin's regional center in 
Richmond, conducted research in 
cooperation with a trauma surgeon 
at West Virginia Charleston 
Medical, Yurek and her co- 
researcher looked at the possible 
link between attention deficit and 
conduct disorders and patients 
who seek emergency medical help 
for traumatic injuries, 

Laura van Assendelft. associate 
professor of political science, co- 
wrote a book published in May 
entitled Women, Politics, and 
American Soc/ef/(4th edition). Co- 
authors were Nancy McGlen, 
Karen O'Connor, and Wendy 

Noshua Watson '95, an instructor 
of economics for 2003-04, has left 
MBC to enter the Ph.D. program 
in Strategy at INSEAD, a top inter- 
national business school in 
Fountainbleu, France, Watson was 
one of only two students to 
receive a full scholarship for this 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Winter 2004 


Jacquelyn Bessell, a native of 
England, joined the faculty in the 
M. Litt, program as an assistant pro- 
fessor. Bessell was most recently an 
assistant professor in the theatre 
department at the University of 
Utah. She earned her undergraduate 
degree at the University of 
Birmingham, England, and her mas- 
ter's and doctorate at Clark 
University in Massachusetts. 

Melinda S. Brown was hired as 
the new associate director of resi- 
dence life and freshman services. 
Brown earned her bachelor's 
degree in psychology at Sweet 
Briar and her master of education 
in college student services admin- 
istration from Oregon State 
University. She has worked in resi- 
dence life at Oregon State 
University, Shenandoah University 
and Saint Mary's College in Indiana. 

Amy Cash, a graduate of Longwood 
College, has been named the new 
associate director for PEG 
Admissions Cash comes back to 
Mary Baldwin from Fishburne 
Military Academy where she was 
the director of student services. 
She took several courses in the 
College Student Personnel 
Administration program at James 
Madison University in the interim. 

Lisa Folks was named the new 
administrative assistant in the Dean 
of the College Office and began 
work in July, Folks worked previ- 
ously as an office manager and 
administrative assistant for Merck, 
served as a paralegal in several law 
firms, and was a liaison to institu- 
tions of higher education for 
Marriott International for ten years 

Lindsey Lucas '04 joined the Office 
of Admissions and Financial Aid as 
an admissions counselor. Lucas 
graduated from MBC last spring 
with a bachelor of arts in health 
care administration. She is originally 
from Newport News. Virginia. 

Amanda Myers loined the staff at 
the Grafton Library as a reference 
and instruction librarian in August. 
Myers has a master of library sci- 
ence from the University of North 
Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bache- 
lor's degree in communication from 
North Carolina State University. 
While in graduate school, she 
worked in the Perkins Library at 
Duke University and at the library 
at Glaxo-Smith-Kline. 

Guari S. Rai was named associate 
professor of social work. Most 
recently a professor at James 
Madison University. Rai earned his 
first master's degree in social work in 

his home country of India at Kashi 
Vidyapith University. He earned 
another master's at St. Louis 
University and his Ph.D. at Rutgers 
University in New Jersey, where he 
began his teaching career. 

Tiffany Riddicl< '04 was hired as 
the assistant to the dean of African- 
American and Multicultural Affairs 
shortly after her graduation. 
Riddick. a Hampton, Virginia native, 
earned her degree in business 

Tamra Willis was hired as assistant 
professor of education in the Master 
of Arts in Teaching program, a one- 
year full-time position. Willis earned 
her undergraduate degree at 
Appalachian State University, her 
master's at James Madison 
University, and her PhD at 
University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 


Gerard Grim has been named 
director of the annual fund at Mary 
Baldwin. Gnm twice returned from 
the bussiness world to John 
Carroll University — his alma 
mater — to aid the institution with 
fundraising and alumni relations, but after 
spending most of his professional life in Ohio, 
he recognized it was time for change. Grim 
most recently served as the director of the 
annual fund and reunion giving at John Carroll. 

Grim earned his teaching certificate at 
Cleveland State University. He worked in sales 
and marketing for private industries, including 
Fortune 500 companies, and as a producer and 
daily co-host on a Cleveland-based radio station, 
between tenures in development positions at 
John Carroll 

Grim wants to continue the college's mis- 
sion of personalizing communication with 
alumnae/i in an effort to raise the percentage of 
graduates who contribute to the annual fund to 
at least 40 percent — the rate held as a stan- 
dard by the nation's top colleges, he said. 

Carol Larson brings the experi- 
ence of more than two decades in 
marketing, public relations, com- 
munication, fundraising. and 
publishing to her new position as 
director of communication Larson 
earned her bachelor's degree in communica- 
tion from James Madison University in 2001 as 
an adult student. She most recently served as 
communications manager for a regional hospi- 
tal in Virginia. 

She has also held several positions in mar- 
keting and has served as a senior manager with 

Capital One. CEO of a humane society, director 
of a zoo. development officer for a professional 
theatre, editor-in-chief of a magazine, and man- 
aging editor of a weekly newspaper 

Larson will oversee development of con- 
tent for the public sections of the college's 
Web site; for other print and electronic publica- 
tions and promotional materials; and for 
sharing with the media to promote Mary 
Baldwin publicly. She will also serve as editor 
of this magazine. 

R. Daniel Shephard. an 18-year 
veteran of development roles with 
theatre companies and education- 
al institutions, has been named 
associate vice president for devel- 
opment. Shephard. a native of the 
Roanoke Valley has held fundraising positions 
at Florida State University, the Pamplin College 
of Business at Virginia Tech. and The Linsly 
School, a small college preparatory school in 
West Virginia. 

Shephard started his undergraduate edu- 
cation with dreams of being an actor and he 
earned his bachelor's degree in theatre at 
North Carolina Wesleyan College He said his 
stage training taught him two skills that carry 
into the development office: how to be fully 
present in a conversation and how to listen 
effectively After serving in the United States 
Army and earning a Master of Fine Arts in the- 
atre management from Virginia Tech, he 
discovered a different way to contribute to the 
success of theatre companies — first as a 
business manager and then as a fundraising 


Guillermo X. Ubilla has been 
named director of residence life. A 
graduate of James Madison 
University — where he earned his 
undergraduate degree and a mas- 
ter of education in counseling 
psychology — Ubilla comes to Mary Baldwin 
from Shenandoah University, where he was the 
director of residence life. 

Ubilla's approach to residence life is to 
make a clear distinction between housing stu- 
dents and operating a hotel. "Anyone can give 
people a room with a bed to sleep in and some 
amenities. At a college, it is really more about 
extending the educational and community 
aspects to show students that they can learn — 
about interests, cultures, service — while in 
their dorms, too" 

Roger E.Wilborn is the director 
of the college's regional center in 
South Boston as well as professor 
of education in the Adult Degree 
Program. Wilborn earned his 
undergraduate degree at Ferrum 
College, his master's at Duke University School 
of Divinity, and his doctorate in divinity at Drew 
University. Wilborn also earned his teacher 
licensure, with endorsements in history. K-12 
learning disabilities, and K-12 emotional distur- 
bances. He has worked as a special education 
teacher in Mecklenburg County Schools and 
Halifax County Schools for the past 14 years. 

Winter 2004 • Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

[..S^^ia^. i 

MBC Employee's Historic 
Renovation Wins State Award 

It took nature more than 100 years 
to blow off the 25-foot metal cornice, split 
the mortar in the brick walls, and accumu- 
late hundreds of pounds of animal dung at 
the historic building on Augusta Street in 
downtown Staunton, but Mary Baldwin 
Regional Center Director Marion Ward 
and a team of professionals restored it in 
just over a year on their own time. 

"It was just a shambles," Ward said, 
pictures in a scrapbook reminding her of 
the state of the 4,500-square-foot building 
when she bought it. "Ceilings had col- 
lapsed, it was dark and smelly, and there 
was literally tons of trash." Still, the 
thought rolled over and over in her head: 
"I've got to save it." 

In May, the building won the Virginia 
Downtown Development Association's 
Award of Excellence for Building 
Development and Improvements. 

The only renovation experience Ward 
had was residential — she once owned 
and worked on a 200-year-old home and 
now lives in a cottage built in the 1950s 
— but she saw potential where others 
saw broken windows and rotting wood. 
Originally built as a saloon in the 1890s 
as part of the Saloon Row that welcomed 
travelers from the train station a block 
away, the unique Victorian had many 

incarnations over the years including its 
most recent — two decades ago — as an 
auto parts office and warehouse. 

On a recent visit, Ward affectionately 
pointed out metal bars on the windows at 
the back of the building that hint at a facet 
of its history. "We think these were put on 
so people would not be thrown or fall out 
the window into the creek," she said. 
Lewis Creek runs under the building sever- 
al dozen feet below. "It probably got pretty 
rowdy in here," she smiled. 

A Mary Baldwin employee for the 
better part of the last 15 years. Ward said 
the restoration, like other forms of com- 
munity involvement, is "part of being a 
good citizen. Everyone gives in their own 
way. I really felt like I was contributing." 
Ward believes it is important to nurture the 
city that surrounds Mary Baldwin to 
insure the success of both town and col- 
lege. Her commitment to the college is 
demonstrated in the series of positions she 
has held: assistant dean of students, direc- 
tor of residence life, adjunct instructor of 
women's studies, and academic advisor in 
the Adult Degree Program — the program 
she now manages at the regional center at 
Blue Ridge Community College. 

There was even some overlap of ser- 
vices between her project and one at the 

college. Local artisan Robbie Lawson 
helped Ward with the restoration of the 
metalwork on the enormous cornice; 
shortly before his work with Ward, 
Lawson helped design and carve the 
ornate maces used at Mary Baldwin cere- 

The arched ornamental cornice 
quickly became the showpiece of the pro- 
ject, and Ward uncovered an engaging 
story about the piece along the way. 
Deemed one of the most elaborate metal 
cornices in the city in its heyday, it was 
ripped off during a strong storm in 1975. 
Although most of the pieces fell into the 
creek below, Jim Hanger, a local potter 
and preservationist, rescued nearly 50 
chunks and saved them for many years. 
Ward used Hanger's salvaged pieces to 
reconstruct the cornice, now decked out 
with magenta flowers and spires, cream 
molding, and turquoise accents. 

Ward's vision for the resurrected 
building includes an art gallery, antique 
wares, and maybe an apartment or office 
on the second level where dramatic 
arched windows pour light onto the 
wood floorboards. 

"I wouldn't say no to another project 
if the right one came along," she said. "It 
was a great learning experience." 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Winter 2004 


Art Professor Cor^tributesTo Environnnental Architecture 

By Dawn Medley 

At the center of Elevation 314 — an eco-friendly apartment complex that opened earlier this year in 
Takoma Park, Maryland — is Amy Arnold's latest masterpiece. An adjunct assistant professor of art 
at Mary Baldwin, Arnold is a landscape architect who started her own business, land + form, in 2000 
and shordy after became involved with Elevation 314, where all the materials and plantings used in 
the building and landscaping are renewable, recycled, eco-engineered, or native. Just before the com- 
plex opened its doors for tenants to move in, Arnold answered questions about her role in the project. 

What makes Elevation 314 a unique project? 

Elevation 314 is one of the first sustainable develop- 
ment projects in the D.C. area. The architecture and 
the landscape architecture are all based on systems that 
are environmentally sound. 

For my part, the courtyard's plantings, sidewalks 
and general configuration [the gardens are in the trian- 
gular space in the center of the three sides of the 
building] are arranged as a deliberate sequence of expe- 
riences about spatial relationships, color, scent, light, 
sound, seasonal change, and views from within the 
courtyard and into the courtyard from the building. 
The gardens are an integral part of the living experi- 
ence for the residents. 

The project relies heavily on indigenous plant 
species: trees, shrubs, perennials, groundcovers, ferns, 
and moss. The preservation of a place is usually dis- 
cussed in terms of urban form and rural preservation. 
Place also exists in details: local forms of music, 
cadence in speech, and indigenous plant culture. Using 
native species supports the preservation of place. The 
use of plants, in the context of landscape architecture, 
becomes an integral part of expression of culture, 
place, and community values. 

What special considerations did you have to 
account for in the design? 

Wildly varying light conditions. The courtyard is pretty 
narrow at one end and has a cantilever on one edge, so 
the gardens are very different from one end to the 
other. This allows the apartments with courtyard 
entrances to have a sense of identity based on their 
light conditions and plantings. 

We built in small surprises and intimate details. 
For e.xample, the entrance stairs to the courtyard apart- 
ments are made of metal mesh, so as residents enter 
they pass over a garden "moat" beneath their feet. 

Attracting birds to this very urban site was part of 
our intention as well. 

How is landscape architecture an art form? 
How do you hone your craft? 

The closest discipline in the fine arts is probably site- 
specific sculpture, but landscape architecture goes one 
step further than most site-specific sculpture to include 
responsibility to a larger community as an integral part 
of the work. This makes landscape architecture diffi- 
cult to categorize, isolate and present in the traditional 
fine art forums of galleries and methods of documenta- 
tion. Honing the work happens in process, like with 
most disciplines; by imagining, making, and active 
analysis of the results. 

How does being a professional influence 
teaching and how does being a teacher influ- 
ence your professional work? 

.As a landscape architect, my work is inherently about 
coordinating and working with multiple disciplines, 
multiple points of view. This experience has taught me 
to place my priority in teaching on valuing and sup- 
porting the student's voice through the approach we 
take to solving problems in class. My hope is that they 
will learn to hear their own voices more clearly and to 
value themselves as unique and irreplaceable. 

For me, teaching will always remind me about the 
importance of self-questioning and the discovery inher- 
ent in the process of describing and explaining ideas to 
each other. 

Winter 2004 • Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Food Service Employee 
Finds Stability at MBC 

By Dawn Medley 

August!, 1993. November 19, 1998. 
February 14, 1999. Insignificant 
squares on a calendar for most people, 
but they are dates that Lonnie Wallace 
will never forget. 

"Sometimes you find yourself in 
situations you never imagined you'd 
ever be in. Some days will stay with 
you for the rest of your life," he said, 
his eyes lifting reflexively to the ceiling. 
Feeling comfortable in the fresh plaid 
button-down shirt and khakis that he 
changed into after his day shift in the 
dining hall at Mary Baldwin College, 
he begins to tell his story in sentences 
that are at once simple and poignant. 

For the last five years, Lonnie 
Wallace has been the dutiful employee 
with a welcoming smile who is famous 
for replying "why sure" to every 
request when food needs serving, tables 
need cleaning or students need answers. 
This summer, he became the college's 
first employee to be named the Hourly 
Associate of the Year for the Mid- 
Atlantic Region of Chartwells, the 
company that provides food service for 
Mary Baldwin and more than 200 
other colleges and universities interna- 
tionally. "It was a chance for Mary 
Baldwin and for Chartwells to show 
how much employees like Lonnie mean 
to us," said Virginia Ridge, MBC's 
director of dining and special events. 

Wallace's indomitable work ethic 
— he's never missed a day or been late 
since he started — and his model 
employee personalit)' impressed the 
judging panel, but the past five years of 
Wallace's life are in sharp contrast to 
the five-year period before that. 

August 2, 1993 

He set out from his native 
Shenandoah Valley August 2, 1993, 
heading in a bus for New York City. 
It was a place he had been several 

Lonnie Wallace 

times as a tourist and a visitor, but 
this time he was going there to live. 
He didn't want to be famous and he 
wasn't trying to become a millionaire. 
He wanted to make a living and make 
a life for himself. 

"The American dream turned into 
the American nightmare," he admitted. 

Before he realized what had hap- 
pened, he was choosing to sleep on a 
sidewalk or on the floor of a public 
building — or sometimes not to sleep at 
all — instead of spending his last bit of 
money on a hotel room for the night. 

Although he was working — first 
as a custodian and then as a general 
laborer for the city's parks depart- 
ment — and collecting welfare, 
Wallace could not afford to make 
routine rent payments for stable hous- 
ing. "Why didn't you just come 
back?" people asked him. He was 
homeless, but remembers thinking 
"At least I am independent." 

Grace & Hope Mission, a Third 
Avenue establishment for many years, 

was the one place in New York that 
gave Wallace hope that his situation 
would turn around. While he was 
still living on the streets himself, 
Wallace volunteered at the mission, 
preparing and serving meals, and 
reviving his long-dormant Christian 
faith. "The family went to church 
when I was young, but that was my 
first real connection with the Lord as 
an adult," he said. 

November 19, 1998 

November 19, 1998 "started out 
like any other day," Wallace said, but a 
letter from home relating the news of 
his mother's stroke and declining 
health changed everything. 

"I was so nervous when it sunk in 
what I had just done," he said. "I 
made the decision that I had been 
putting off for five years since I came 
to New York. I was coming home in 
exactly the situation that I didn't want 
to be in. I hadn't made money, I didn't 
have a place to live; I didn't have any- 
thing to show for all the time I had 
been there. In a way, it felt like giving 
up, but I knew I had to do it." 

When he returned to take care of 
his mother, he knew exactly where to 
turn for a job. The only application he 
submitted was to Mary Baldwin 
College, where he had worked in the 
dining hall for two stints between 
1986 and 1993. "There are lots of 
places where you can get a job, but 
here I remembered feeling like family," 
Wallace said. 

February 14, 1999 

He got the call offering him the 
position February 14, 1999. Five 
years later, he was chosen by his fel- 
low employees to represent the 
college nationally as part of 
Chartwells' "Quest for Success" pro- 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Winter 2004 

gram in an effort to continually 
improve the dining experience. He 
was going back to New York — to 
Rhinebeck, a few hours upstate from 
Long Island — but this time it was 
for an all-expense-paid stay in a plush 

Wallace was too nervous to 
remember what he ate at the formal 
dinner and reception at the Culinary 
Institute of America before he 
received his award, but Ridge saved a 
copy of the menu signed by many 
Chartwells executives that she pre- 
sented to him along with his award at 
the staff's annual back-to-school 

"He would do anything I asked 
him to do, and he has a wonderful 
attitude," Ridge said. 

Faculty, staff and students agree. 
"He is one of the most professional 
food service employees I have come in 
contact with anywhere," said Sheila 
Tolley, director of operations for 
adult and graduate studies. 

Brandy Perrin '05 worked with 
Wallace in the dining hall during her 
junior year. "He is usually pretty 
quiet and minds his own business, but 
he was there to listen to students' 
problems and works very hard to find 
the answers fast," she said. 

"He has taken this all in with 
such a quiet appreciation," said Anne 
Holland, senior director of alumnae 
projects. "He comes to work every day 
and does his best because that's what 
gives him satisfaction. He doesn't do it 
with a prize in mind." 

Wallace is still letting it all sink 
in. "It was almost unreal," he said. 
"It's like this was the big payoff that 
had always been waiting for me at the 
end. I finally feel as if I'm on my way, 
and to have other people recognize 
that is unbelievable." 

Dining Service EarnsTop Rating for Sixth Year 

Chartwells, the international company that provides dining hall and 
catering services to Mary Baldwin College and hundreds of other col- 
leges and universities internationally, recently awarded the MBC food 
service staff two plaques in recognition of their performance in the 
"Quest For Success" incentive program. 

The dining service at MBC has received Chartwells' top "5-Star" 
status for six consecutive years. This year the group was also named the 
runner-up for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Account of the Year, second only 
to Wagner College in New York. Gini Ridge, director of dining and special 
events, accepted the plaques while at Chartwells' annual conference 
and will display them in the mezzanine in Lyda B. hlunt Dining Hall. 

"We sponsored many student events, we practiced diversity in our 
meals, and we got our students involved," Ridge said about the yearlong 
process. To earn each star, the staff met benchmarks, started activities, 
and retooled its menus to encourage fundamental qualities such as 
teamwork, diversity, variety, and success. An employee recognition pro- 
gram was also a major goal. 

Nuthouse Adds Starbucks, Novelties 

The arrival of Starbucks coffee at the Nuthouse — the lounge and 
snack center on the first level of Hunt Dining Hall — has attracted a 
lot of attention this fall. In addition to the world-renowned brew, 
Hershey's ice cream concoctions and Au Bon Pain soups and sand- 
wiches round out a menu that is ideal for a relaxing break or 
grab-and-go.The Nuthouse is also open to the public 11 a.m. to 10 
p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Winter 2004 • Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Makes Soccer a Priori 

By Dawn Medley 

She remembers her first pair of 
pint-sized shin guards. Bought 
the day before her first practice 
along with brand-new knee socks, 
cleats, and a ball that still survives 
somewhere — likely with her parents 
in Leesburg, Virginia — the ensemble 
made six-year-old Jessica Lankes feel 
like a real soccer player. 

"That ball was like solid plastic, 
not stitched and soft like the good 
ones they use today," Lankes 
laughed. "I can't believe we kept it 
around for so long; I think that hap- 
pened by mistake." 

Undeterred by the hard plastic 
ball, Lankes was hooked on the 
game from that first day. She credits 
good coaching in those early years as 
a player on American Youth Soccer 

Organization co-ed teams with 
sparking a passion for soccer that 
grows stronger as she gets older. 

"I just showed up and had no 
idea what I was doing," she said. 
"People kept asking me 'Are you 
sure you haven't played before?' It 
just felt so natural to me, like I knew 
how to move the ball already, but 
I've had to work on perfecting it a 
lot, too." 

A sophomore in her second sea- 
son on the Fighting Squirrels' soccer 
team at MBC, Lankes' current quest 
is finding a way to combine her 
sports savvy with her professional 
ambitions. To pursue her childhood 
desire to own a sports-related busi- 
ness, Lankes is studying business 
administration with an emphasis in 

management. When she's ready, she 
hopes to call on MBC alumnae/i 
entrepreneurs for advice and strate- 
gies. Lankes also gets experience 
working in a ski and skate shop dur- 
ing college breaks. 

As for understanding her poten- 
tial consumers, Lankes' most valuable 
research is done when she is concen- 
trating on honing her skills — on the 
field, in the pool, and on the slopes. 
Lankes put competitive swimming, 
which she also picked up at a young 
age and continued through high 
school, on hold when she started col- 
lege to focus on soccer and academics. 
And Lankes isn't exactly sedentary in 
the winter, either. Six years ago she 
took up snowboarding, and she now 
describes it as a passion. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Winter 2004 

Soccer is Lankes' sport of 
choice, though; she has played on 
indoor teams and participated in 
Mary Baldwin's intramural club in 
the spring. 

"It's like an addiction. A good 
addiction," she said. "When you're 
not playing, you want to be play- 
ing. At the end of the season, yeah, 
you're tired and worn out, but \ ou 
do go through withdrawal. It's 
hard for me to even watch other 
people playing because I want to 
be in there." 

There's a reason teammates 
offhandedly call her "lanky" — a 
play on her last name. At a slender 
5-feet 9-inches, Lankes' frame sug- 
gests that she is a forward on the 
Mary Baldwin basketball team; 
instead, she is on the front line of 
the soccer squad, surprising oppos- 
ing players with her speed at the 
striker — or center forward — posi- 
tion. Head soccer coach Andrew 
Green said height gives Lankes an 
advantage when heading the ball, 
especially on corner kicks. 

"She's deceptively fast, too," 
said Green, who started coaching at 
MBC during Lankes' freshman year. 
"Her long strides and good ball 
skills make her dangerous." 

Lankes offers more than speed 
and good ball handling on the field. 
Although she is one of the team's 
younger members, she has emerged 
as one of its leaders. Green said. Her 
intuitive feel for where she is on the 
field in relation to other players and 
almost constant communication 
with them translated to 14 goals 
during the 2003-04 season. She was 
named a first team all-conference 
player for the Atlantic Women's 
Colleges Conference. 

"She has a good sense of humor 
that she's not afraid to share," 
Green added. 

Lankes is convinced that partici- 
pation in a collegiate sport has 
benefits beyond the physical: she 
made fast friends as a freshman, she 
eats healthy and stays in shape, and 

she is more self-confident about her 
abilities in and out of the classroom. 
"It's weird to think all that hap- 
pens |ust by being on the field a few 

hours a day, but, if you have the 
heart and the work ethic, sports will 
help shape your Mary Baldwin 
experience for the best," she said. 


Young Squirrels Shoot 
Hoops at MBC Camp 

By Samantha Sprole '06 

While the Adult Degree Program hosted 
its annual Summer Week on one end of 
campus, smaller squirrels developed 
their athleticism on the other. Jackie 
Bryan, MBC's head basketball coach 
and sports information director, has 
offered Lil' Squirrels Basketball Camp 
each year during her four years at Mary 
Baldwin. "We try to teach them the fun- 
damentals and have some fun along the 
way," Bryan said. 

This year, 42 Augusta County girls 
honed their skills on the MBC Physical 
Activities Center court. "I really like 
that it's all girls," Martha Taylor, an 11- 
year-old player said of her two years 
with the Squirrels. "It makes me feel 
more comfortable." 

Half the players returned after last 
year. Rising fourth- and fifth-graders 
train on the half-court beside rising 
sixth- and seventh-graders as the girls 
compete in four games each day inter- 
spersed with tutorials, small group 
competitions and contests. "I like to 
play games," Oana Chrisp, 12, said. "I 
love to shoot." Bryan also started a 
camp for older basketball enthusiasts in 
grades eight through 12. 

The coaches, experienced players 
including MBC alumnae and incoming 
freshmen, help campers according to 
their individual needs. Bryan sees signif- 
icant improvement throughout the 
week. "It's a game I love," Bryan said. 
"I like to share it with other people." 

In addition to teaching basic team- 
work and technique, counselors provide 
role models for young ladies not com- 
monly exposed to women coaches. Lil" 
Squirrels Basketball Camp is one of 

only a few all-girl summer camps in the 
area and has benefited from a female 
staff since it started. Campers finish the 
week with improved basketball tech- 
nique, team-building skills, and real-life 
examples of talented female athletes. 
"[Being a counselor] is good because I 
get to meet so many kids," said 
Maneisha "Moe" Hardy '04, an MBC 
player who broke records as point 
guard last year. "They come to my 

Eimers Joins Wife 
On Volleyball Court 

Charles Eimers and his wife. Tiffany, 
have coached together before, but this 
season is the first time that the couple 
paired up at MBC to guide the 
Squirrels' volleyball team. Charles 
Eimers joined his wife — who served as 
assistant coach for a few years and is in 
her second year as head coach — as 
assistant coach this fall. 

"We will work together to help 
them be the best team they can be," said 
Charles Eimers, who also worked with 
his wife as a volleyball coach for the Blue 
Ridge division of the Junior Olympics. 

Eimers attended the University of 
Miami and became interested in beach 
volleyball there, he said. He has been 
coaching for about five years and owns a 
business named Blue Ridge Technology. 

Wondering how your favorite MBC 

team is doing in the Atlantic Women's 

Colleges Conference tournament? 

For up-to-date sports scores 

and information, visit 

Winter 2004 • Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

The Alumnae/i Association funds projects and events 

for the college through the proceeds from MBC Gift: 

Shop sales. Recent projects have included the Library 

Leisure Reading Program, the Spring Fling for the 

senior class, and continued renovation of the 

Alumnae House. Every purchase fi"om the 

'%.^ Gift Shop allows the association to 

contribute to the success of 

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Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Winter 2004 

alumnae/i news 
and class notes 


Dear Friends 

Alumnae/i Association 
President's Letter 

I am extremely honored to be serving as the president of 
the Mary Baldwin College Alumnae/i Association for 
2004-06. As I began my term July 1, I realized the exciting 
opportunity each of us has to be a part of the implementa- 
tion of the 10-year strategic plan, Mary Baldwin College 
2014: Composing Our Future. Many of you participated in 
the plan by letting your voices be heard and by providing 
thoughtful suggestions concerning Mary Baldwin's future. I 
urge each of you to become familiar with the plan and to 
determine what part you can play in its implementation. If 
you have Internet access, you can follow the progress of the 
strategic plan at J)lan. With 
Dr. Fox's passion, energy, care and concern for the students, 
and under her very able leadership, Mary Baldwin will con- 
tinue to flourish. 

I treasure my association with the office of Alumnae/i 
and Parent Relations under the capable leadership of Lynn 
Tuggle Gilliland '80 and her staff. The office, headquar- 
tered in the Alumnae House, serves as the liaison between 
the college and its graduates. It provides direction and sup- 
port to the Alumnae/i Association and its Board of 
Directors. The Alumnae/i Association is the vehicle through 
which alumnae/i volunteers can help with recruitment, con- 
tinuing education, career networking, annual giving, and 
homecoming/class reunions. Join the fun and lend your 
support to our wonderful college. 

I am also grateful to be surrounded by energetic, enthu- 
siastic, and capable women serving on the Alumnae/i 
Association Board of Directors. We are all committed to 
strengthening the college through the giving of our time, 
our talents, and our financial support. 

I thank you for your continuing interest and I look for- 
ward to meeting you in my travels. 


Ann Gordon Abbott Evans '65 
agevans@cox. net 


Ann Gordon Abbott Evans '65, president, 

Hampton, VA 
Kellie Warner '90, vice president and 

president elect, Charlotte, NC 
Lynn Tuggle Gilliland '80, executive director. 

Office of Alumnae/i Activities, Staunton, VA 
Kathenne Jackson Anderson '80, Columbia, SC 
Pamela Leigh Anderson '84, Jefferson, GA 
Alice K. Blair '86, Alexandria, VA 
Nancy Clark Brand '94, Wicomico Church, VA 
Susan Jennings Denson '62, Danville, PA 
Donia Stevens Eley '02, Pulaski, VA 
Ann Truster Faith '69, Ridgefield, CT 
Virginia Royster Francisco '64, Staunton, VA 
Leigh Hamblin Gordon '78, Richmond, VA 
Helen Radcliffe Gregory '74, Frederick, MD 
Jessie Carr Haden '54, Charlottesville, VA 
Charon Wood Hines '95, Washington, DC 
Christina Holstrom '80, Wyckoff, NJ 
Susan Powell Leister '68, Houston, TX 
Nina Reid Mack '72, St. Matthews, SC 
Kathryn Ann McCormack '00, Glen Allen, VA 
Alexis Grier Reid '95, Staunton, VA 
Fleet Lynch Roberts '81 , Valentines, VA 
Carolyn Gilmer Shaw '60, Charlotte, NC 
Elizabeth Jennings Shupe '70, Richmond, VA 
Ethel M. Smeak '53, Staunton, VA (lifetime member) 
M. Elizabeth Swope '66 (Betty), Arlington, VA 
JaneTownes '69, Shelbyville.TN. 

Winter 2004 • Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Hundreds of alumnae came to campus to tour 
the renovated President's House, relive the 
dorm experience, and reunite with classmates. 
Among the large group celebrating its 35th 
reunion was then-president of the MBC Board 
of Trustees, Claire "Yum" Lewis Arnold, who 
was also given a surprise honorary degree — 
doctor of humane letters — at 
Commencement to cap off the week- 
end. The Class of 1999 was also well 
represented; the youngest group of 
reunion attendees numbered more 
than 45. Grafton Society medallions 
were distributed for the second year to 
returning members of classes that 
graduated 50 or more years ago. 

One of the weekend's highlights was a rare 
honor given to Ethel Mae Smeak '53, professor 
emerita of English and a former Alumnae/i 
Association Board of Directors member. For 
her effectiveness as a "bridge" between stu- 
dents, faculty, and alumnae, Smeak was named 

Ethel Mae Smeak '53 

making her one of only a few people to hold 
the distinction. 

Smeak, a Staunton resident, is intensely 
supportive of the Blackfriars Playhouse and of 
MBC's masters programs in Shakespeare and 
Renaissance literature. She serves on volunteer 
boards in the Staunton area and is a past mem- 

ber of the Alumnae/i Association Board 

of Directors. 

For her contributions to college, com- 
munity, and church, Smeak also earned 
the Emily Smith MedaUion. Smeak 
joined the Mary Baldwin faculty in 
1965 and during her tenure served on 
many major committees at the college 
and as the assistant marshal for several 
years. While a professor, she was appointed to 
the Margaret Hunt Hill Distinguished Chair in 
the Humanities, and she continued to collect 
honors, including being elected to Omicron 
Delta Kappa — the national leadership honor 
society — and to Phi Beta Kappa, and received 

a lifetime member of the Board of Directors — the Emily Wirsing Kelly Award. 

n '^ ^i 

I .College Magazine • Wtnter 2(1)4 • 

Winter 2004 • Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Alumnae/i Awards Given at Homecoming 

Career Achievement Award 
Frances Thompson McKay '69, of Washington, 
D.C., for achievements in music performance and 
education. McKay, a composer and music theory 
and composition professor at Levine School of 
Music, earned her masters degree at the University 
of Virginia and her doctorate in musical arts at the 
Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. She 
is the chair of the composition department and 
coordinator of the Honors Program at Levine. She 
has also taught at Georgetown University and 
Goucher College. 

McKay has been a lifelong contributor to the 
world of music — performing, directing, writing 
about, and teaching the subject for several decades. 
Her performance venues have included Washington, 
D.C.'s Corcoran Gallery, Barney Circle House at the 
Smithsonian Institute, and Wolf Trap. She also creat- 
ed and coordinated Current Jam, a lecture series by 
composers, choreographers, visual artists, writers, 
and filmmakers from the Washington area. 

Emily Wirsing Kelly Leadership Award 
Elizabeth "Betsy" Newman Mason '69 of Norfolk, 
. rginia, for many years of service on advisory boards 
at Mary Baldwin and membership in several civic 
organizations in the Norfolk area. Mason's leadership 
was an asset to Mary Baldwin when she was a 
member of the AlumnaeAi Association Board of 
Directors in the 1980s and 1990s and, later, a mem- 
ber of the Advisory Board of Visitors. She now serves 
on the Board of Trustees. A former teacher and active 
civic servant, Mason has been an officer in the cham- 
bers of commerce in Norfolk and Hampton Roads 
and volunteered with the United Way of Hampton 
Roads and the American Heart Association. 

Emily Wirsing Kelly Scholarship 
Ashley Nicole Ragland '05 of Shipman, Virginia, for 
exhibiting excellence in the Fine Arts. The award is 
named in honor of the late Emily Wirsing Kelly, an 
alumna from the Class of 1963 and past Alumnae/i 
Association president. A drawing and interior design 
major, Ragland has received several art scholarships, 
published work in Art Papers magazine, and was a 
member of the volleyball team as a junior. 

Virginia L. Lester Scholarship 
Morgan Elizabeth Frazier '05 of Valentine, Nevada, 
a three-time recipient of the scholarship. The award, 
named for the college's seventh president, recog- 
nizes a legacy student who has demonstrated 
academic excellence and leadership. 

Service to Church Award 
Jo Bales Gallagher '48, of Richmond, Virginia, for 
service to and employment with the church. As an 
employee in the Education and Congregational 
Nurture Division of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., 
Gallagher created the Resource Center Network and 
formed the National Training Center for Resource 
Center Directors, where she is now executive direc- 
tor. She has also served on the church's General 
Assembly in the committee on women's concerns 
and was a member of the American Association of 
University Women. 

Ruth Hawkins Molony '59, of Waynesboro, Virginia, 
for her quiet and unassuming service to church. A 
former elementary school teacher, Molony served 
the First Presbyterian Church in Staunton and the 
First Presbyterian Church in Waynesboro as an 
elder, leader and Sunday school teacher. Molony is 
also a former member of the Alumnae/i Association 
Board of Directors and is a member of the Augusta 
Garden Club. 

Service to Community Award 
Sally Hull Dorsey '64, of Atlanta, Georgia, for com- 
munity service efforts that range from medical 
organizations to art promotion to historic societies. 
Dorsey is the executive director of Animal Health 
Trust U.S., Ltd., a charity that raises money for health 
research to benefit dogs, cats, and horses. She has 
worked with the American Heart Association, the 
American Cancer Society, the Atlanta Ballet, and the 
Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, among others. 
Dorsey has also found time to volunteer at Mary 
Baldwin — as a former member of the Alumnae/i 
Association Board of Directors and a current member 
of the college's Advisory Board of Visitors. 

To learn more about the alumnae/i awards go to: 

h Up ill www. mbc. edu/ alumnae/ awards . asp 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Winter 2004 

Don't forget: Mary Baldwin will waive the application fee for 
prospective students referred by alumnae/i. Does your neigh- 
bor have a daughter in high school? A member of your 
church perhaps? Let us know about the fine young ladies in 
your area. You will find a prospective student referral card in 
this magazine or you can visit our website at and click on Student Referral Form. 

The Mary Baldwin College community would like to 
thank the following volunteers for their assistance 
with scholarship presentations: 

Karen Parker, Staff 

Fishersville, Virgina 
Ann Gordon Abbott Evans '65 

Hampton, Virginia 
Kate Gladden Schultz 71 

Winchester, Virginia 
Nancy Benham Rogers 75 

Fairfax, Virginia 
Barbara Barnes Wissbaum 79 

Charlotte, North Carolina 
Pamela Place Dwyer '85 

Culpeper, Virginia 
Emily Oehler '93 

Alexandria, Virginia 
Christy Andrews Walls '93 

Ingleside, Maryland 

Rosemary Parsells '97 ADP 

Lexington, Virginia 
Katharine Hoge Koelsch '98 

South Riding, Virginia 
Kim Reilly Graham '99 

Virginia Beach, Virginia 
Ubah Ansari Pathan '99 

Manassas, Virginia 
Andrea Trent '99 ADP 

Bedford, Virginia 
Lucia "Yogi" Almendras '02 

Washington, D.C. 
Brandi Austin '02 

Stuarts Draft, Virginia 

The Mary Baldwin College 
community would like 
to thank the following 
volunteers for their 
student referral(s): 

Elizabeth McGrath Anthony '42 
Diana Moore Rasnick '80 
Lisa Gavazzi-Johnson '84 
Ellen Timm '86 
MacKay Morris Boyer '87 
Meredith HookVanasel '89 
Ginger Berry James '91 
Babs Hoerle Zuhowski '92 
Holly Harmon '99 
Ubah Ansari Pathan '99 
Rebecca Stevens '99 
Courtney Martin Jackson '00 
Dionna Mclntyre Kiernan '02 
Courtney McGuire '03 
Tashera Perry '05 





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30. 1985. 1990, 1995. 2000 



MAY 13-15, 2005 

Winter 2004 • Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

"You haven't been educated in 

order to have a successful career 

— although Fm sure you v^ill — 

you've been educated so that you 

may have a successful lire." 

Commencement speaker Louise Rossett McNamee 70 
urged the graduating class to continue to be l<ind people. 
"You will be happier for it, and the world will be better for 
having you in it," she said. McNamee, a veteran New York 
advertising executive and one of the most recognized 
women in the field, said she hoped it would not take the 
2004 graduates as long as it did for her to realize the power 
of a Mary Baldwin education: "You haven't been educated 
in order to have a successful career — although I'm sure 
you will — you've been educated so that you may have a 
successful life. And there is a world of difference." Read the 
full text of McNamee's Commencement address at 
http://www. mbc. edu/hc/commencement/2004/speech.asp. 

After four years of navigat- 
ing the steps and slopes of 
the college campus, the 
walk to the podium at 
Commencement was 
taken in stride by graduate 
Angela Woolf and her see- 
ing-eye dog, Writer. Woolf 
a communication and soci- 
ology double major who 
graduated with distinction 
in communication, received 
her diploma and Writer was 
given a certificate of ser- 
vice, a bone, and a Mary 
Baldwin dog ci jllai 
Woolf was one 
of more than 320 
undergraduates — 
including those in the 
Virginia Women's Institute 
for Leadership, the 
Program for the 
Exceptionally Gifted, the 
Adult Degree Program, and 
the graduate programs — 
to receive a degree in May 

In full parade dress on the athletic field in front of the 
Physical Activities Center, the 23 graduating seniors in 
the Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership heaved 
their sabers into the ground and wiped tears from their 
eyes, passing the leadership of the cadet corps on to the 
next class. 

First Captain Jennifer Kukia of Richmond, Virginia, 
commander of the corps, turned over leadership of the 
corps to her successor, Mei-Ling Fye of Alexandria, 
Virginia. KukIa is now an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps 
Nearly half of this year's graduates in the world's only all- 
woman corps of cadets have commissioned in the armed 
forces. VWIL was inaugurated in 1995, and the addition of 
the Class of 2004 brings the number of alumnae to 134. 

Winter 2004 • Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

The presence of non-traditional and 
graduate students continues to grow 
at Mary Baldwin Commencement 
ceremonies. More than one in three 
of the undergraduates earning their 
degrees were adult students in 
2004, and the Master of Arts in 
Teaching and Master of Letters pro- 
irams both recorded a record 
I lumber of graduates. The first three 
students to complete the Master of 
Fine Arts also earned their degrees, 
and were presented with ceremonial 
hoods by world renowned actress 
Dame Judi Dench. 

Mary Baldwin College gave 
Dame Judi Dench, the acclaimed 
British actress who has won vir- 
tually every major acting award, 
her first American honorary 
degree at Commencement. 
Dench, in turn, helped present 
the ceremonial academic hoods 
to the first three students to earn 
a master of fine arts in 
Shakespeare and Renaissance 
literature in performance. 

Major Awards 

Among the top awards presented at 
Commencement were the following: 

Susannah Baskervill of 

Petersburg, Virgiiiui: Algernon 
Sydney Sullivan Student Award 
— recognizing unselfish ser- 
vice, noble character, and 
spiritual qualities — and the 
accompanying Mary Keith 
Fitzroy Award. A Bailey 
Scholar and member of Phi Beta Kappa, 
Baskervill is an international relations major 
who will attend Candler School of Theology 
at Emory University. As the recipient of the 
Margarett Kable Russell Award in 2004, 
Baskervill involved Staunton school children 
in building a community vegetable garden in 
the city. Baskervill also received the Martha 
Stackhouse Grafton Award, given to the 
graduate with the highest cumulative grade 
point average. 

Emma Leed of Frankford, 
West Virgmia: Master of Arts 
in Teaching Student of the 
\'ear. While working on her 
master's, Leed served as the 
first graduate assistant in the 
MAT program, a position cre- 
ated by a research grant from 
the Malone Family Foundation. She assisted 
with research about the Program for the 
Exceptionally Gifted and worked as a resi- 
dent staff member in the program. Leed is a 
graduate of Centre College in Kentucky. In 
the fall, she will begin her teaching career at 
Beverley Manor Middle School in Augusta 
County, Virginia. 

Debra Faith Skiles of Pilot, 

Virginia: Adult Degree 
'rogram Outstanding Student. 
Skiles began her college career 
in tandem with her twin sons, 
who are enrolled at Amherst 
College in Massachusetts. A 
history major, Skiles main- 
tained an A average. Her senior paper on 
southern Presbyterian women missionaries 
earned departmental distinction. Skiles has 
spoken at orientations for new ADP students 
and represented ADP on the General 
Education Task Force. She plans to pursue 
graduate studies and teach at the college level. 

Laura Dansby 

Last fall they made headlines 
as the first graduates of Mary 
Baldwin's master of letters program in 
Shakespeare and Renaissance litera- 
ture in performance. Then at 
graduation in 2004 Nancy Beall and 
Laura Dansby were thrust into the 
spotlight again and sought out by 
reporters. Along with Cathy 
Brookshire, who was not present at 
the ceremony, Beall and Dansby were 
the first students to earn a Master of 
Fine Arts — the terminal degree in the 
field — from Mary Baldwin. 

After receiving her degree and 
scholarly hood from a special guest at 

MFA Graduates 
Make MBC History 

Nancy Beall 

Commencement — Oscar-winning 
British actress Dame Judi Dench — 
Beall told Staunton's The News Leader 
that she wants to use Shakespeare to 
change peoples' Uves and make them 
better citizens. 

"I just think there is a level of 
genius there that can teach us to be bet- 
ter humans," she told the 
newspaper, referring to the 
Bard's work. 

The small first class of 
MFA graduates was the 
realization of a dream for 
the team that spearheaded 
the one-of-a-kind program 
and started its first courses 
in 200 L It is a realization that will be 
repeated as more M.Litt. graduates push 
on to their MFA. 

Shakespeare scholars recognized the 
value of the program from its inception. 
Mary Baldwin was able to attract 

Andrew Gurr, a scholar from London's 
Globe Theatre and one of the world's 
foremost experts on the construction of 
Elizabethan theatres, and University of 
Maryland Professor of Theatre Francis 
Hildy, in its inaugural year. This acade- 
mic year JP Scheidler, the resident fight 
director for Shenandoah Shakespeare, 
and Kate Burke, a professor from the 
University of Virginia, will join the illus- 
trious list of visiting faculty. 

Shenandoah Shakespeare 
Executive Director Ralph Cohen, an 
early supporter of the program, joined 
Mary Baldwin's full-time faculty in 
2003. M.Litt./MFA students were some 
of the first to use the stage at 
Shenandoah Shakespeare's Blackfriars 
Playhouse in downtown Staunton, and 
the organization has maintained a 
strong partnership with the program 

The program's reputation has 
attracted potential students from 
around the country and the globe, too, 
making the admission process highly 
selective. In an effort to keep the num- 
ber of students close to 50, just 17 of 
37 applicants were admitted as M.Litt. 
candidates this year. This year's incom- 
ing class includes the first international 
student — England native Anna 
Northam, who has appeared in dozens 
of plays at the Northcott Theatre in 

Exeter, England, and in film 
and television — and Becky 
Kemper, a 1990 graduate of 
New York University and 
co-founder of the 
Shakespeare Project theatre 
group in Frederick, 

Frank R. 
Southerington, director of the pro- 
gram and MBC professor of English, 
says, "This year's class was selected 
with the same high standards and rep- 
resents the variety of students we 
always look for," he said. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Winter 2004 

Mary Baldwin Graduate Had 'Faith' in Adult Degree Program 

By Dawn Medley 

When Debra Faith Skiles — 
known to most people by her 
descriptive middle name — left 
Central Alabama Community College 
after just one quarter to care for her new- 
born twin boys, she was already thinking 
about how she would finish her college 
education. Almost 20 years later, Skiles' 
sons led her back to the classroom. 

While researching their own 
options for college, twins Josh and Jeff 
became convinced that it was time for 
their mother — by then, in her late thir- 
ties — to go back to school, too. For 
their own education they chose Amherst 
College in Massachusetts. For their 
mother, Mary Baldwin College — with 
a nearby regional center in Roanoke, 
Virginia — was the ideal solution. 

"I told them, 'If you can find a rep- 
utable school where I can take most of 
the courses from home, I'll do it," Skiles 
said, explaining that she didn't want a 
'mail-order' diploma. "To tell the truth, 
I didn't really think they could do it. 
The Adult Degree Program (ADP) at 
Mary Baldwin ended what had been a 
20-year struggle for me to find a way to 
get my degree." 

Her determination is unmistakable 
in her application essay from summer 
2001: "I also have long term goals. 
(Some say they are bordering on ludi- 
crous for someone my age, which, of 
course, just spurs me on to show them 
wrong!) I am under no delusions that 
going back to school will not be differ- 
ent and difficult. I can say that I am just 
a bit scared, but also excited." 

Josh said he and his brother read 
over Skiles' first few papers at her 
request, "but there were really no prob- 
lems with them. She didn't fall into the 
trap of just going back to school to fin- 
ish her degree and be done with it; 
rather, she chose to make the most of 
the rest of the time she had in school." 

Juggling her job as a math and his- 
tory teacher at Community Christian 
Academy in Christiansburg, Virginia, 
with online classes and trips to the 
MBC offices located at the Higher 
Education Center in Roanoke, Skiles 
earned her undergraduate degree in his- 
torv in three vears. "I had a little head 

start," Skiles says, smiling about the 
fact that she finished college before her 
sons, who will enter their senior year in 
the fall. Skiles started her college educa- 
tion with two years at Columbus 
College in Georgia, added a semester at 
Georgia Southwestern after she married, 
and then attended Central Alabama 
Community College for a quarter. 

"I just can't say enough about how 
important the flexibility of the program 
is for adult students," Skiles said. "I 
could be home at night to prepare din- 
ner and do my homework at ball games 
and music lessons." 

The schedule also allowed Skiles to 
make extended trips to Pennsylvania to 
care for her husband's elderly uncle 
without being penalized for missing 

The twins came back early from 
their year of study in Japan to join 
Skiles' husband, Barry, and two younger 
siblings, Dorothy and Chris, at their 
mother's graduation from Mary 
Baldwin College in May — where she 
was honored as the outstanding ADP 
student of the year. 

"Because she was so good, we 
began to judge her work as if she was 
already a graduate student," said ,\nn 
Alexander, professor of history and 
director of .MBC's regional center in 
Roanoke. "Her natural ability as a 
teacher and her skill in critiquing other 
students' work shined in the class- 

Skiles graduated cum laude with 
distinction in her major, but now that 
she has her degree, she's not willing to 
stop there. She applied for a master's 
program in history at Virginia Tech, 
where she hopes to continue the 
research on southern Presbyterian 
women missionaries that she started as 
her senior project at Mary Baldwin. Her 
ultimate goal is to earn a Ph.D. and 
teach at the college level — with the full 
realization that she will just be starting 
her professorial career at an age when 
many are contemplating retirement. 

"I'm just trying to be patient about 
it," Skiles said. 

In the meantime, she has plenty to 
keep her busy on the 80-acre farm in 

"I just can't say 
enough about 
how important 
the flexibility of 
the program is 
for adult stu- 
dents," Skiles 
said. "I could be 
home at night to 
prepare dinner 
and do my 
homework at 
ball games and 
music lessons." 

the mountains of Floyd County where 
the family raises about 20 head of beef 
cattle and assorted chickens and goats. 
"We love living in a place where it takes 
25 minutes to get to a 'real' town, but it 
doesn't present a lot of options for high- 
er education," she said. "Mary Baldwin 
met me where I was, and now my goals 
can become a realitv." 

For more information about Mary 
Baldv\/in College and its Adult Degree 
Program, visit or con- 
tact ADP headquarters in Staunton at 
540-887-7003 or 800-822-2460. You 
may also choose to contact one of the 
five Mary Baldwin regional centers: 

South Boston 
Weyers Cave 

(4341 961-5422 
(8041 282-9111 
(540) 343-7206 
(434) 572-5472 
(540) 453-234 

Winter 2004 • Mary Baldwin College Magazine 






Winston-Salem NC writes: "I am 96 
and living in an assisted living estab- 
lishment. I've been retired for 35 years 
(41 years in education, including three 
in the US Navy)," 


Bethlehem PA celebrated her 97th 
birthday May 22, 2004. She writes: 
"Still fairly active. I live with my beauti- 
ful Schnauzer. Pinocchio" 
Harrisonburg VA writes: "I'm still afoot 
at 98! I visit with Martha Grafton every 


MARY SCANLON McCallie resides in 
a retirement home in Signal Mount TN. 

reports that son Colonel Reid Huff is 
retired and daughter Louise Armitage 
works for the City of Fairfax VA 


HELEN WADE Dantzler of Macon GA 
writes: "Due to age, I cannot take hills 
and stairs. My date of birth is August 3, 

Ricks of Spartanburg SC writes: "My 
husband had a stroke I'm staying 
with daughter NORWOOD DUDLEY 
RICKS Strasburger '75 and spend 
every day, ail day with my husband at 
White Oak Estates." 

DOROTHY COHEN Silverman of 

Melville NY reports that her grandchil- 
dren are getting married and 
great-grandchildren are being born 
She and husband Eliot celebrated their 
61 st wedding anniversary in August. 
Dorothy writes: "Life is good!" 

ADELE "DELL" GOOCH Kiessling of 

Staunton VA writes: "I'm somewhat 
handicapped with a walker, but get 
about rather well considenng I've had 
two broken hips and one broken leg 
(tibia). I live in an independent living 
retirement community" 
LELIA HUYETT White of Charlestown 
WV keeps m touch with JUNETROUT 
Harris '39 of Gastonia NC. She writes: 
"I'm still playing golf, reading a lot, and 
playing duplicate bridge." 


As a capstone to decades of support of educa- 
tion at Mai7 Baldwin College, Joyce Albright 
Grieg-Denis '41 has made sure that her contri- 
butions will continue after her recent death. 
Some years ago, she set up a charitable remain- 
der trust — a fund that pays a percentage of 
income for a specified time period or until 
death, at which time the remainder of the 
investment goes to an organization of choice. 
The funds in Greig-Davis' trust will be used to 
establish the Joyce Brewster Albright Memorial 
Scholarship Fund. The scholarship will be 
awarded annually to a student who demon- 
strates academic excellence and financial need. 
An ambitious student herself, Greig-Davis 
was yearbook editor of Bluestocking, art editor 
of the college's literary magazine Miscellany, a 

member of the art club and the honor society, 
and a May Queen attendant during her years 
at MBC. Greig-Denis faithfully supported the 
MBC Annual Fund beginning shortly after her 
graduation, and also served as class secretary 
— the officer in charge of submitting news to 
the Alumnae Bulletin — for a few years in the 
1960s. In an example of her ongoing support, 
when asked to make a contribution to her 
favorite organization in lieu of a wedding gift 
for her daughter, she chose Mary Baldwin. 

We are grateful for the ongoing support 
of so many of our alumnae/i. If you would like 
to know more about support options, such as 
charitable remainder trusts, please feel free to 
contact Martha Masters at (540) 887-7233 for 
more information. 

MAXINE DUNLAP Mclntyre of Clio 

SC writes: "My husband died in 1995, 
and I still live in our home in Clio. My 
three children and three granddaugh- 
ters live close by in Florence SC, 
Columbia SC, and Charlotte HC" 

MYRTLE FOY Hennis of Mt. Airy NC 
writes: "Old age! Classmates ELIZA- 
Herndon, and ELIZABETH "BETTY" 
GRONEMEYERWise and I are still 
keeping in contact and loving every 



Laurens SC has five granddaughters 
and one great-grandson. 

JEAN BAUM Mair of Bloomfield CT 
was presented with a Grafton Society 
Medallion by Judith Payne Grey '65 in 


writes: "I've been marned to Roane for 
60 years. We have six grandchildren 
(one in Iraq) and two great-grand- 
daughters. Three of my grandchildren 
attend Washington & Lee University" 


Saratoga Springs NY says that daugh- 
ter Carolyn took early retirement and is 
living with her, Louise writes: "Her 
companionship has brightened my life." 


BETTY BAILEY Hall and husband Adin 
of Austin TX celebrated their 61 st 
anniversary March 6, 2004, and Adin's 
85th birthday March 15. She writes: 
"We're still hanging in there. We enjoy 
life in Westmister Manor, a retirement 
center with many interesting people 
and lots of activity." 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Winter 2004 

JEAN BAUM MAIR '40 was presented with her Grafton Society MedaNion m July Sne 'S shown here, 
center, with JUDITH PAYNE GREY '65, left, and MARY ANN APPLEBY MARCHIO '64, right. 

earned an executive MBA from Virginia 
Commonwealth University and celebrated her gradu- 
ation with JENNIFERTAYLOR '95 'r). who earned the 
same degree 


Fredericksburg VA received the 
Woman of the Year Award from the 
Fredericksburg Woman's Club in 
April, fylary was honored for her 
many years of outstanding commu- 
nity service to area residents 
(teenagers to senior citizensl. She 
serves as membership chairman of 
the Interfaith Community Council 
and IS quoted in her 2002 oral histo- 
ry recorded by the Historical 
Fredericksburg Foundation as say- 
ing: "I believe that God is love. We 
need to become one world of peo- 
ple who care for each other in our 
different ways. You can't lose when 
you try to love people" 

ANNE HAYES Davis of Greensboro 
NC writes: "By Christmas, we will 
have 13 great-grandchildren and 10 
grandchildren. John Davis and I have 
been married five years and still feel 
like newlyweds. We are very happy." 
Staunton VA writes: "I miss seeing 
classmates from 1942 at MBC events. 
The Continuing Education weekend 
was fun and enlightening — an oppor- 
tunity to become acquainted with 
faculty and the college in 2004. LESLIE 
SYRON '42 and I enjoyed the exciting 
events of Dr Fox's inauguration." 

Anthony of Isle of Palms SC writes 
"This year my husband David and I are 
celebrating our 60th wedding anniver- 
sary. We spend our time between our 
homes on the Isle of Palms and m the 
mountains of North Carolina. We look 
forward to a move to Lake Adger near 
Tryon NC" 

received the 2004 Presbyterian 
Women Honorary Life Membership 
Award from St. Giles Presbyterian 
Church in Raleigh. 



Danville KY stays busy with church, 
concerts and programs, a garden club, 
bridge, children, and grandchildren. 


Warren PA became a great-grandmoth- 
er for the second time. She writes: 
"Time flies. My oldest son, 44. died in 
October I fell and spent six weeks in 
bed, but all is going well now" 
RUTH PETERS Sproul of Staunton VA 
writes: "We have a quiet, pleasant life 
at this age. Erskine is blind and lives 
on recorded books. I belong to two 
book clubs, teach a Bible class, and 
paint Love watching our family grow 
— two great-grandchildren and two on 
the way I" 



Lexington VA writes: " Kendal at 
Lexington is a retirement community. 
I've lived here for two years and love 
It It's a wonderful and stimulating 

JEAN GRIFFITH Mitchell of Frankfort 
KY writes: "Our beloved son Craig T 
Mitchell died of cancer September 11, 
2003. I'm sorry to miss the reunion. I 
would love to have a Grafton medal- 

Trumbull CT writes "Ken and I are 
slowed down by arthritis, but I'm still 
volunteering with church, second- 
grade school children, the Boys & Girls 
Club, and as a reader at Trumbull Public 
Library My daughter and granddaugh- 
ter live nearby." 


Cramerton NC reports that she and 
husband Richard moved into an assist- 
ed living facility two years ago. 
DARCY SCUDDER Kirk of Andover 
MA writes: " I still live on my farm in 
Andover and do volunteer work at my 
church and local historical society. I 

have five grandchildren. I travel a lot — 
to the Galapagos Islands last year and 
to Bermuda this year. Come visit." 

ANNE SIMS Smith of Staunton VA 
reports that husband McKelden Smith 
died in December 2003. 


MARY GOODRICH Baskin of San 

Antonio TX reports that husband 
James died m August 2003. Mary and 
James were married 57 years. 
BILLIE JOSEPH Ameen of Houston 
TX reports that granddaughter Alison, 
daughter of TINAAMEEN Cartwright 
'74, married Craig Sykes and is doing 
graduate work at the University of 
North Carolina-Chapel Hill. 


Lombard IL writes "We've now lived 
at Beacon Hill Retirement Community 
for three years. It's a wonderful place 
that meets our every need. Hard to 
believe we're both in our eighties. 
We're still vertical though and able to 
enjoy life" 

JOAN MORAN Smith of Farmville NC 
has two grandchildren in college; 
Andrew Smith, a senior at Clemson 
University and Mary Beth Smith, a 
junior at East Carolina University. 


of Meridian MS writes: "Just enioying 
my grandchildren and having my son 
live with me." 


NAN DONEY Clausel of San Antonio 

TX writes "My granddaughter came 
to live with me this year and attends 
college here. Her family is in 
Minneapolis. She says she loves Texas 
and wants to stay I'm enjoying her so 

Alpharetta GA reports that daughter 
SANDRA BRALLEY Billingsiey '84 is 
a grandmother of twins. Rosemary 
writes: " I always wanted to have 

twins. Finally, my granddaughter Sue 

presented us with twins! " 

SALLY PECK Spaulding moved from 

Cortland NY to "a beautiful retirement 

community" in Charlottesville VA in 



of Franklin TN writes: "Life goes on at 

a fast pace for me. My life in Franklin is 

busy and I spend my summers at 

Monteagle Sunday School Assembly" 

Read of Chapel Hill NC was fea- 
tured in The Herald-Sun in Durham 
for her 30 years of service to 
Orange County. Libby was recog- 
nized as a volunteer for the 
Inter-Faith Council and for her life- 
time commitment to protecting and 
improving the members of her com- 
munity through volunteensm and 
lobbying for important public safety 
legislation "It's the only thing that 
makes me feel whole," she said 
about her dedication to service. The 
IFC provides shelter, food, advocacy 
and support for those in need 
through the partnership of staff 
members, volunteers, congrega- 
tions and community coalitions. 


Wilmington DE annually spends 
January through mid-April in Fort 
Lauderdale FL. 



Rocky Mount NC writes: "Shelley 
Murray's daughter is a sophomore at 
U.Va and son Thomas graduated from 
high school in June. They are my old- 
est grandchildren and there are eight 

ANNE CRONIN Keith of Melbourne 
FL writes: "Living the 'retired good 
life' in sunny Florida with my husband 
of 56 years. I've volunteered as a hos- 
pital courier for 14 years." 

Winter 2004 • Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

JEAN WALLACE Blount and Chapin 
SC writes: "Bill and I moved to a won- 
derful retirement community in Chapin 
(we still use our post office box in Irmo 
for mail). We are enjoying our freedom 
from yard and house work! " 



Pleasant HillTN writes: "Forrest and I 
moved to Uplands Retirement 
Community here in Pleasant Hill. There 
are people here who remember Miss 
Lakenan. We're returning to New 
Zealand this fall for several months." 
MARY DUKE Blouin writes: "My hus- 
band Peter passed away last year. I'm 
still in Naples FL for the winter and 
Augusta ME for the summer. My sis- 
ter GLORIA DUKETrigg '47 and I see 
a lot of each other during the year." 

EMILY OGBURN Doak of Greeneville 
TN writes: "I'm still volunteering but 
perhaps the most rewarding is what I 
do for the American Cancer Society's 
'Reach to Recovery' and 'Look Good. 
Feel Better' programs. I see MAR- 
when 1 go to Duke for chec^ -ups." 


of Richmond VA writes: "My dear 
cousin NANCY RAWLS Watson '49 of 

Franklin VA died February 17 2004. We 
grew up together and, I tell you, I miss 
her very, very much. She was loved by 
everyone who knew her. She was 
indeed special! God bless you all." 


and husband Ralph of Estill SC cele- 
brated their 54th wedding anniversary 
in May. She writes: "We have nine 
wonderful grandchildren, ages 8-26." 



Franklin VA moved into a retirement 
home two years ago. She writes: "It is 
ideal and perfect for parking. I expect 
to see VIRGINIA "GINI" ROSE Hagee 
'50 this fall MARTHA GODWIN 
Saunders '48 came over for lunch in 
May. I loved seeing her" 


ofThomasville GA writes: "Mother and 
I love our condo and being back in 
town. The country was great, but the 
town is much better Mother was 99 in 
April and still plays bridge three times 
a week." 

BESS PLAXCO Smith of Greenville 
SC writes: "I'm feeling settled into my 
new townhouse in Greenville and am 
enjoying family and 'new' church 
friends. I'm also teaching while I still 
can. This year I did a cruise tour from 
Buenos Aires to Santiago, Chile via 
Cape Horn. I also did an Elderhostel in 
Sedona AR." 

KATE SCOTT Jacob of Onanoock VA 
writes: "My husband and I still live in 
the same house in the same town. I 
McFarlin '50 each v^inter and see 
ANITA THEE Graham '50 often. I'm 
still active as president of the Eastern 

Shore Historical Society and as build- 
ing and grounds chair at church " 

PENNIE WEST Covington of Atlanta 
GA writes: "I have a new knee and am 
glad that is over Our son Matthew is 
now at the Presbyterian Church in 
Bowling Green KY and son Read 
teaches math here in Georgia." 
Charlottesville VA "thoroughly 
enjoyed" the Continuing Education 
weekend last March. She writes: "It 
was a wonderful change of pace and I 
highly recommend it." 

Sulphur Springs WV writes: "My hus- 
band Jim died March 4, 2004. We had 
been married almost 54 years. I have a 
granddaughter who is a senior at 
Washington University My second 
granddaughter graduated from St. 
Mark's School in Southborough MA 
and is attending Tufts University. I have 
five granddaughters." 





Newport News VA traveled to Panama 
and Costa Rica with her family in 
February. She attended the MBC 
Continuing Education weekend in March 
with classmate MARIETTA BARNES 
Jones, and spent the summer helping 
plan the August wedding of daughter 
Patricia in Prague, Czech Republic. 


Staunton VA retired from teaching after 
45 years in the classroom. She also 
retired from her position as church 

Washington DC writes: "Our son Tom 
graduated from Georgetown 
University School of Medicine in May 
He'll move to Portland OR for his resi- 
dency at Oregon Health & Science 
University with his wife Kris and son 
Jamie. It has been a joy having them 
across town for four years! " 

OUIDA CALDWELL Davis of White 


Waynesboro VA writes: "Ray and I cel- 
ebrated our 50th wedding anniversary 
June 26, 2004. We took a trip to 
Yellowstone, Jackson Hole, etc. We've 
already been everywhere else!" 
EMILY MITCHELL Williamson of 
Advance NC reports that son-in-law 
Jay Helvey is running for U.S. 
Congress to represent the fifth distnct 
in North Carolina. Emily and her family 
have devoted much time helping with 
his campaign. 

Whitman of Stamford CT has two 
new granddaughters, making a total of 
seven grandchildren (six girls and one 
boy). She says that PMW Gallery con- 
tinues to flourish. 

ANNE PERSON Baylor of Norfolk VA 
reports that husband Elmore died in 
August 2003. She writes: "I keep real- 
ly busy with organizations, church, 
volunteering at the Chrysler Museum 
and painting Mostly. I love baby-sitting 
my four grandchildren ranging in age 
from 9 months to 6 years. Each of my 
girls has two children and both live in 
this area." 


Walnut Creek CA reports that husband 
RichardT "Dick" Corsa died in 
November 2003. 

Statesville NC writes: "Bob and I cele- 
brated our 50th wedding anniversary 
November 28, 2003. Our four children 
and their families honored us with a 
lovely reception" 


Roanoke VA writes: "Harry and I 
attended our first Elderhostel in Spain 
during October 2003. It was a wonder- 
ful experience. I continue to write 
articles and poetry for devotional and 
church educational magazines. I am 
sorry I wasn't able to attend 
Homecoming in May. My church sent 
me to Charlotte for training as a 
Disciple teacher My best wishes to all 
of you." 



Winston-Salem NC has three married 
daughters and two grandsons. She 
writes: "My husband is still practicing 
law. I'm still playing tennis, bridge, 
and traveling a lot. We plan to build a 
new home." 

BETTY GARRETT Schmidt of Dothan 
GA enjoyed visiting with former room- 
mate IRENE JOHNSON Cherry '54 in 
Sliver Springs MD in April. 

HEADAPOHL DeBerardinis of Athens 
OH was excited to attend her 50th 


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class reunion in May She writes: "How 
has the time gone by so quickly?" 
IRENE JOHNSON Cherry of Silver 
Spring MD writes: "My husband Abe 
died suddenly March 16. 2004, and I 
had hip surgery in June I'm sorry to 
have missed the reunion" 
ANN JOLLIT Gaskin of Pontre Vedra 
Beach FL writes: "Completely retired 
and have six 'grands' Just enjoying 
each day walking the beach — just the 
sandpipers, seagulls and me Also tak- 
ing a few trips" 

MARY LEWIS of Pittsburgh PA trav- 
eled to Denmark in May for her 
granddaughter's confirmation. She 
writes: "Now I have a new grand- 
daughter, Aliya. who has a brother, 
Jackson, 2" 

Abingdon VA writes "Due to one of 
our sons getting married at the same 
time as our 50th reunion, I was unable 
to attend- I hope all who attended had 
a wonderful time and en|oyed every 
minutel Wish I could have made it" 
Little Rock AR has nine grandchildren, 
including a recent graduate of Baylor 
University in Waco TX. The newest 
grandchild is 11 months and was 
adopted in Guatemala by Carolyn's 
daughter who lives in Arizona 
AUDREY PEPPER Oliver of Landrum 
SC stays busy with the development 
and beatification of downtown 
Landrum and has begun her second 
four-year term on city council. She 
writes: "Jim. the three children and 
two grandsons are fine. One is joining 
the Navy!" 

Birmingham AL is retired and en|oys 
"traveling, loafing and trying to do a lit- 
tle writing" 

ANN SHAW Miller of Raleigh NC 
writes: "Our 50th reunion was wonder- 
ful! I'm ready to do it again next year." 

ANN WILSON Wesley of Mobile AL 
reports that she has a new grand- 
daughter and grandson. 



Biimingham AL reports that husband 
Charles Molton Williams, W&M '52, 
died January 6, 2004, after a two-year 
battle with myelodysplastic syndrome. 
Hope and Charles were marned 
October 19, 1954. 


SUSAN DOZIER Grotz of Ellicott City 

MD writes: "Art and I have turned into 
'snowbirds' aboard our sail boat and 
enioy cruising the ICW. Florida's east 
and west coasts, and the Keys. It's 
great fun connecting with friends and 
fellow MBC alums along the way." 


Winter Haven FL writes "In February. I 
had a wonderful cruise in the Canbbean 
on the Royal Clipper with Mary Baldwin 
classmates ELIZABETH "BETTY" 

DOZIER Grotz .ind hui liu:.b,ind Ait, 

Bryan What a good time we had'" 

little law. Enjoying painting and leading 
contemplative movement sessions" 



Montgomery AL writes: "Cancer sur- 
vivor! But now have handicapped 
parking because my legs don't work 
right. Son Jeff and his family moved to 
Auburn AL from Charlotte NC. I'm a 
great-grandmom of two" 

JANE HOGAN Moses of Corrales NM 
traveled to London, England in early 
fall 2003 and enjoyed visiting "all the 
wonderful sites" She writes: "Curt 
and I continue to enjoy traveling and 
spending time with our four children 
and five grandchildren. I'm still doing a 
great deal of needlework and enjoy 
teaching and taking classes, while Curt 
has a great time flying the two ultra 
light planes he built. We definitely rec- 
ommend retirement." 


BARBARA ALLAN Hite of Norfolk VA 
writes "I'm teaching developmental 
English at Tidewater Community 
College in Portsmouth Two of my 
three children also teach, one in 
Germany and one in Bahrain" 


Seaford DE stays busy keeping up 
with her three granddaughter's activi- 
ties She enjoys playing tennis, golf 
and serving of the board of governors 
at her local country club. 

PATRICIA "PAT" SPHAR of Pittsburgh 
PA volunteers at two dog shelters and 
likes gardening 

LYDIA WOODS Peale of Palmyra VA is 
"happily retired" after 30 years of 
teaching She enjoys traveling, reading, 
volunteering and singing. 


SANDRA ESQUIVEL Snyder of Dallas 
TX writes "My husband Bill is still a 
full-time surgeon at University of Texas 
Southwestern Health Science Center. 
My volunteer activities are related to 
children's education and healthcare 
We delight in our two grandsons who 
live close by and in spending time m 
our new home in Estes Park CO" 

LYNNE FOSTER Matthews of Mary 
Esther FL writes "My husband retired 
in 1994. We love to travel a lot — to 
Europe at least once a year along with 
two snow skiing trips Our son and his 
family live in New Hope PA, so we 
enjoy a fall trip to see the leaves We 
still follow Alabama and Auburn 
University football Our daughter and 
her family live within minutes of us 
and we really do enjoy their almost 
constant 'in and out' of our home. 
We're busy, busy but we love it! We 
feel very blessed and most grateful 
that we can still 'do it all!'" 


Harrisonburg VA writes: " Back into a 


MARY "MIMI" COWAN Grimshaw of 

Clifton VA continues to be actively 
involved with her church: as co-chair of 
the women of the church, the altar 
guild, bell choir, and Stephen's 
Ministry. She also enjoys gardening 
and visiting with her grandchildren. 



Austin TX writes: "A dear little girl, the 
first grandchild, has me re-ordering pri- 

CAROL WORNOM Sorensen of 
Williamsburg VA writes: " Six ladies 
recently took a trip to Atlanta — what 
a blast- To have girlfriends that are 
good friends is the greatest! MBC 
taught me that and tons more." 



Gainesville GA sold her company and 
retired in January She wntes: "Am I 
the first great-grandmother in our 

SHIRLEY FILE Robbins of Richmond 
VA adopted a 12-year-old Hispanic boy 
with special needs 
Featherstone of Richmond VA writes 
"I now have five grandchildren, two of 
whom I care for daily Starting over 
with carpools, class plays, sports, 

CAROL WHEELER Stevenson of 

Charlottesville VA celebrated the birth 
of her first grandchild (a girl) in January 


ANN BOOKER Darst of Williamsburg 
VA welcomed the birth of two grand- 
sons this year 

JOANN BROWN Morton and hus- 
band Ashby of Columbia SC both 
retired from university teaching last 
summer. Joann writes: "I'm still doing 
professional wnting and research. 
Ashby and I are splitting time between 
our summer/fall home in Maine and 
our winter/spring home in Columbia." 


Trumbo of Alexandria VA writes "Son 
Hunter and his family are in Alexandria 
and son Raleigh is newly married and 
moving to our neighborhood. Life 
doesn't get any better than this! " 
Annapolis MD writes: "I'm chairing a 
committee that is designing a rug 
made from flowers for the National 
Cathedral in Washington. DC." 
LYNNE FOBES Marion of Scottsdale 
AZ participated in a church choir tour to 
Italy in June that included a side trip to 
the French countryside 
CARYN FOGARTY Tebbe of Houston 
TX writes: "We have 13 grandchildren. 
I'm running Cast Caryn Travel with an 

emphasis on cruises and customized 

luxury travel" 

ANN "TERRY" GEGGIE Fridley of 

Covington VA retired June 30, 2004, 
after 27 years as director of the gifted 
program for Alleghany County Schools. 


Hampton VA enjoyed seeing some of 
her classmates while attending Mary 
Baldwin's Continuing Education week- 

Robideau of Lewisville NC writes 
"Phil and I moved to a cluster home 
community. Our three daughters, their 
husbands and children still live nearby. 
The birth of two new granddaughters 
this winter brought our count to six 
(three boys and three girls)!" 

SUSAN SALE Luck of Severna Park 
MD writes "I have a new grandson 
named James Griffin Dolan Millham, 
who lives in San Francisco. I am 'burn- 
ing up the skies!'" 

Cummings GA writes "I'm a school 
counselor in a new middle school and 
love my job. After grading language 
arts papers for years, it's a breath of 
fresh air to have new duties and 


KAREN APPLEBY Baughan of Luray 
VA IS retired and continues to write 
and publish poetry. 

BETTY BARNES Pigg of Bassett VA 
serves on the boards of the Keesee 
Educational Foundation, American Red 
Cross, Piedmont Arts Association, and 
Bassett Country Club. She is also co- 
chair of the Reforming Arts Series in 
Martinsville-Henry County Betty 
writes: "I'm sorry to have missed the 
reunion in May. I'm expecting my first 
grandchild in September!" 

HELEN DOWNIE Harrison of Little 
Rock AR enjoys being a grandmother 
to Harrison, 5, and Helen, 2 


Dawsonville GA has two granddaugh- 
ters (by son John) who live in 
Colorado. Son Stewart and his wife live 
in Savannah GA. 


Starkville MS loves playing with her 
two-year-old grandson. 
ANN HIGGINS McWhirter of 
Columbus GA says she's enjoying life 
with her husband and three grandchil- 

MARY KERR Denny of San Antonio TX 
took a study trip to Egypt in the spring. 
It was her fourth trip to a Middle 
Eastern country in the past four years. 
Previous travels included Yemen, Syna, 
United Arab Emirates, and Oman. 
of Seale AL received her master's of 
science in mathematics in December 
1992 and earned her Ph D. in mathe- 
matics in June 1997 from Auburn 

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"The one constant 

in my life has been 

Mary Baldwin; I 

have contributed to 

the College ever 

since graduation. 

A few years ago 1 made a special gift 

to Endowment through a charitable 

gift annuity. It has been exciting to 

watch MBC grow and it is great to 

know that, through the years, my 

gift will help MBC continue that 

growth. " 

— Nancy McWhorter Hurley '42 

Send for our brochure The Charitable Gift Annuity : Answers 
to Frequently Asked Questions, obligation free, and learn 
how a Charitable Gift Annuity can benefit you and your 
family while at the same time providing generous support 
to Mary Baldwin. 

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Director of Capital Support and Planned Giving 

Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA 24401 


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Fort Smith AR writes: "Forty years? 
Impossible! What fun it would have 
been to return to Staunton and recon- 
nect with old friends! Four (almost 
five) grandchildren, my husband's busy 
schedule and my 90-year-old mother 
keep me on the go — hence my grand- 
mother name, 'Gogo.'" 
NANCY NELSON Spencer of Groton 
VT writes: "We retired to our home on 
Groton Pond in Vermont. After three 
winters, we are beginning to feel like 
natives. Our four grandchildren are fre- 
quent visitors to Camp Big Fern!" 
ANNE NIMMO Dixon of Roanoke VA 
loves visiting with her three grandchil- 
dren: James, 4, Elizabeth, 2, and 
William, 1. 


Arlington TX retired from her work in 
medical technology, as a Title Company 
closer, and as a high school athletic 
secretary. She now works in children's 
ministry for her church and as a schol- 
arship advisor for RE.O. She writes: 
"My husband retired from Kmart, so 
we travel to see grandkids in Ohio and 
Lubbock and Amarillo, Texas. We also 
take trips to Alaska, England, and 

ANN QUINLEN Harris of MemphisTN 
IS busy working on a new cookbook 
being compiled by the Woman's 
Exchange of Memphis. She writes: 
"We were on a fast track, so that's 
why I couldn't be there for the reunion. 
I'm also keeping up with my son, a 
senior at Auburn University and sports 
editor of The Auburn Plainsman\ " 


Forest VA is a steering committee 
member of LEAD Virginia, working to 
develop a new statewide leadership 
program. She writes: "All's well with 
Tim, the kids and grandkids" 


CAROL EMORY writes: "Last year, I 
'downsized' to a townhouse on the 
Columbia River Channel in the unique 
Bhdgeton Road neighborhood of 
Portland OR, a water-oriented area 
with a delightful view of live-aboard 
boats, cozy remodeled houses and 
attractive floating homes. I enjoy walk- 
ing my dogs along a grassy levee by 
my place and past Blue Frog Marina 
where I keep a fishing boat. Last fall, I 
started chatting in passing with anoth- 
er woman who daily walked a beautiful 
black lab named Fiona that looked 

much like my Duchess. We said 'hello' 
and talked about the dogs. We passed, 
waved and said 'hello' all through 
autumn and an icy winter. On balmy 
Easter Sunday, |ust after I returned 
from President Fox's inauguration, we 
ran into each other again. This time, 
the weather being conducive to chat, I 
mentioned having |ust returned from 
Virginia. She said she went to school 
there. In the next moments we real- 
ized that we both went to Mary 
Baldwin, and at the same time, I real- 
ized I was talking with CECILIA 
"SAM" BURRUS McGarrity '67 
Serendipity and coincidence. In retro- 
spect, we both sensed something 
'comfortable' about each other from 
our first meeting. Neither of us ongi- 
nated here. We have made separate 
careers; Sam in publishing in New York 
and I in law in California, Europe and 
Oregon, now to find that we have set- 
tled one block away from each other in 
a relatively unknown Pacific NW 
boater's haven. Sam's mother CECIL- 
IA GROVE Burrus '34, grandmother 
CECILIA PAYNE Grove 1908, and 
great-grandmother also attended Mary 
Baldwin. Her mother, Sam and I plan 
to have a mini-reunion soon. We will 
send a picture for sure! " 


Asheville NC writes: "I'm two years 
cancer-free and fully recovered. I enjoy 
singing in choir and with the Asheville 
Symphony Chorus, photography, travel 
to Europe and the American West, 
studying French, and living in beautiful 

McCormick of Acme Ml writes; "I'm 
kept up-to-date with what's new at 
MBC from my former roommate 
I'm so delighted she's working for the 

BETTY HUGHES Walton of Austin TX 
writes; "We have seven beautiful 
grandchildren. Mike is a professor of 
civil engineering at the University of 
Texas-Austin. We have a summer 
home in Lake Lure NC. Look us up in 
Austin or Lake Lure." 
EMMA "EMY" MARTIN Halpert of 
Philadelphia PA had lunch outside of 
Philadelphia last December with Mary 
Baldwin friends KATHERINE "KAY" 
EARLY Dougherty '65, JUNE EARLY 
Grey '65, and BESS ALEXANDER 
Johnson '64 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Winter 2004 


Morgan of Wallingford VT served on 
several committees to hire a new 
organist and priest for her church 
Elizabeth is president of a home for 
elderly women (that originated as a 
home for widows of Union soldiers) 
and enjoys teaching rug hooking. 



of Shepherdstown WV enjoyed a 
"reunion trip" to Spam in Apnl with 
fnends of the college Serita Spadom. 
Elizabeth "Bee Jee" Juhnke, and alum- 
'66 Tina writes "Senta, Julie Rawson 
and I were in subsequent Middleburg 
Masters and Bee Jee Juhnke and I 
lived together m Madrid" 
Nags Head NC writes "I'm enjoying 
being part of the Master Gardeners in 
Dare County Life is good" 


of Wilmington NC visits with daughter 
ALESANDRA PRICE '02 in Raleigh as 
often as possible She also says she 
loves playing with granddaughter 
Victoria, 2, who belongs to son Jim 
and his wife Suzanne of Wilmington 
Sandy and husband Jim purchased a 
home in Wintergreen this year 

CLAIRE STERN Kaufman of Saint 
Louis MO writes "I have five grand- 
daughters ranging in age from 6 
months to 6 years. They are the |oy of 
my life. I recently completed a term 
as president of Temple Emanuel It 
was hard work but very rewarding 
Husband Lee is producing a play, 
George Gershwin Alone, scheduled to 
open in Chicago this fall. It's a one 
man show with music and has had 
successful runs in New York City Los 
Angeles. DC, Boston, Florida and 
Philadelphia. It just came from 
London's West End and we're very 
proud of It — please see it if you are 
in Chicago this fall We still call St. 
Louis home as do our children, for the 
time being" 


Coleman GA writes: "After raising 
three daughters, I now have a grand- 
son, born September 25, 2002. My 
husband Paul and I are raising 
Tennessee walking horses on our 
farm m southwest Georgia We 
bought a condo in Corpus Christi so 
we can visit with my family and 
friends often We do a lot of traveling, 
as we have children in San Diego, San 
Antonio and Washington, DC, but we 
love to come home to the farm! " 



Nashville TN writes "Our son Stokes 
married in August. While in Dallas for 
a party. I visited with ANN "PEGGY" 
ANDERSON Carr '67 Our daughter 
Elizabeth is in her second year at 
NYU, working towards an MBA Life 
IS busyi" 

Campbell of Gilbert SC reports that 
first grandson Kai Micheal James 
Sloan was born March 16. 2004, in 


Stamford CT continues to work as a 
middle school media specialist. She 
writes: "This year, we're adding Web 
design and Photoshop to our teaching. 
Still like the reading best! I love to trav- 
el and have taken up golf Our sons 
live in Maine and Florida, and I hope to 
retire in two years," 

Barnes of Greenville NC writes: 
"Three new grandchildren were born 
in 2004 That makes a total of five, all 
under five years of age. I am still work- 
ing but hope to retire in 2006 after 38 
years as a hospital pharmacist" 


of Savannah GA is enjoying life with 
new husband Dr Hugh M Arnold, who 
holds a Ph D in political science 
Crosson of Fincastle VA writes: "After 
26 years in corporate healthcare, I 
retired in 2003 I ran for a locally elect- 
ed position on the board of 
supervisors for Botetourt County and 
lost by 50 votes. Nevertheless, a won- 
derful experience. I'm now working 
part time as the first executive director 
for Historic Fincastle, Inc and am hav- 
ing a blasti My mam passion though, 
IS grandson Jack, 1 , who lives in 
Charlotte Both children (Carr and 
Tyson) are happy and productive. Carr 
and her husband live in Charlotte and 
Tyson lives in LakeTahoe CA" 


Bowles of OaktonVA writes: "Richard 
and I still live in Oakton He has a fami- 
ly practice in Centreville Our oldest 
daughter ELIZABETH "BETH" 
BOWLES Duchanaud '92 and her 
husband live in New York City Our 
daugher Robin and her husband live in 
Oakton, and our youngest daughter 
Anne lives at home when she's not 
performing in an out-of-town play" 


Staunton VA writes: "My husband's 
daughter Kate and her fiance planned a 
beautiful wedding that took place in an 
18th century mansion located in 
Clinton MD in May 2003. Kate and 
Mark are archivists for the U.S. 
National Archives" 
Greenville VA announces the June 
26th marriage of youngest son 
Chapman to Breanne Weisenburger. 
Both Chapman and Breanne graduated 
from Virginia Tech in May 2003. 
Rebecca also reports that oldest child 
Elizabeth is engaged to be married. 

SHARON KNOPP Bares of Asheville 
NC IS a professional storyteller who is 
involved in adult literacy tutonng, 
Toastmasters International, and as a 
Guardian ad Litem. She and husband 
Lee. soon to retire as professor of 
chemistry at UNC-Asheville. have been 

appointed assistant general chairmen 
of the 56th National Square Dance 
Convention to be held in Charlotte NC 
in 2007 

of Richmond VA says that both children 
are married: Alethea lives in Chapel Hill 
NC with her husband Glenn. Charles 
and Angela live in Richmond. Cammy 
writes: "My husband Charlie was diag- 
nosed with Parkinson's this spring. We 
are adjusting to our new situation. He 
continues to work as president and 
CEO of the Virginia Historical Society" 

JANET PARRISH Harris of Burke VA 
reports that both sons graduated from 
VMI and are working as government 
contract consultants for IBM. Janet 
continues to teach French at Episcopal 
High School and took 13 students to 
France in June 


of Auburn AL has her own Christian 
counseling practice 


Richmond VA reports that daughter 
Maggie graduated from the University 
of Georgia with a degree m fashion 
merchandising and daughter Katie 
attends UVA She writes: "I thought 
we had an empty nest until Riley, 
Maggie's four-legged college friend, 
came to live with us. I'm trying to be 
more independent and spend time in 
Highlands NC" 

Littleton NC writes: "Both daughters 
got married last summer and I'm now a 
grandma for the first time — it's great' 
I'll start telling my precious new grand- 
daughter about MBC very soon!" 


JULIE BALDWIN Montgomery of 

Santa Rosa CA continues her work as 
a licensed clinical social worker with 
the seriously mentally ill 
JANE CARTER Vaughan of Lynchburg 
VA was excited to attend her reunion 
in May She writes: "I've been enjoy- 
ing painting, especially in workshops. 
Since 1989, I have been cancer-free!" 
LYNDA CULLOP Lawrence of 
Oregonia OH writes: "My husband 
retired in July 2003, and we currently 
have 'one and three-fourths grandchil- 
dren.' We traveled to Egypt in January." 
MARY ANN FEIL Monis of Columbus 
GA now works for the Georgia Pre-K 
Program Both sons graduated from 
the University of Georgia, and she has 
two grandchildren, ages 1 and 3 

MIRIAM "MIMI" JONES Beckwith of 

Gloucester Point VA is the annual fund 
and volunteer coordinator for the 
Virginia Institute of Marine Science. 
JENNIFER KING of Eugene OR is the 
regional development director for the 
University of Oregon, whose territory 
IS southern California She writes: 
"Traveling to Los Angeles five days 
each month and living in Oregon is an 
ideal balance My three children are 
now wonderful adults" 
LAURA MCLAUGHLIN Crum is a real- 

tor in Jacksonville FL. She writes: "I 
live and work in the historic district and 
have represented Jacksonville at our 
sister city Nantes, France, where four 
from our class spent their junior year! 
Small world" 

LINDLEY MOFFETT Small of Atlanta 
GA writes "I left teaching last summer 
and now enjoy time to travel, garden, 
read and reconnect with longtime 
friends. I truly miss my high school 
English students, but I do not miss the 
paperwork! Our three sons are grown: 
Alex. 25. IS an investment banker here 
with Morgan Stanley. Taylor is a mar- 
keting manager with MedFusion in 
Raleigh NC. and Stuart is a student at 
U Va " 

CiboloTX writes "I've slowed down 
my work schedule and am healthier 
and happier!" 

Hamilton MT writes "My husband 
Terry and I are both retired, though I 
still do occasional consulting in human 
resources. We do a lot of traveling in 
our luxery motorcoach — a Prevost 
bus. just like the rock stars!" 
CORRIE SMITH Sargeant and hus- 
band Rowell of Edmond OK have four 
married children and three grandchil- 
dren Two sons are Marine Corps 
officers, Clayton, who served in Iraq 
last year, and Scott, who is currently in 
Iraq Corrie writes: "I'm enjoying hos- 
pice nursing and am now involved in 
staff development and coordinating 
the quality assurance program" 

JUDITH "J." WADE of Atlanta GA 
writes: "After taking yoga for over 25 
years, I'm training to teach it I had a 
mini-reunion at 'Chez J.' with TRAVIS 
MAN Jay '70 and MARY 'M.G.' 

MARY WARD of Catharpin VA writes: 
"I retired in late 2002 and am loving it. 
I serve on the session at my church 
and keep busy with my horses and vol- 
unteer work." 


JEAN BARRY Strain of Dalton GA 
writes: "After 25 years of dancing and 
teaching ballet, I hung up my shoes, 
went back to grad school, and am now a 
certified educator with the Presbyterian 
Church (USA), serving in Dalton," 


TomballTX writes: "We love Texas. I 
play lots of tennis, volunteer as lay 
chaplain at Methodist Hospital, garden. 
and keep m touch with old 'roomies' 
BARBARA GRIFFIN Wiltshire '70 and 
Thanks, MBC! From what I can 
remember, I had a ball — and even 
learned a thing or two! " 
SHARON ELLIS Hinnant is a CPA 
with a large local firm in Charleston SC 
where she resides with husband 
Buddy, a "semi-retired" dentist. 
Sharon reports that daughter Betsy 
Crouch is in her third year at the 
University of Virginia Mclntire School 

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of Commerce and son Tim Crouch is a 
physician in Florence SC. Tim has 
three children: ages 5, 3, and 4 
months. Sharon says she and Buddy 
love traveling in the U.S. and abroad. 

WHITNEY HANES Feldmann of 

Roanoke VA continues to teach high 
school social studies. She reports that 
husband Mark is still practicing law, 
daughter Quinn is a lawyer, son IVIark, 
Jr. is a plastic surgery resident, and 
son Hanes has his real estate license 
in Charleston SC. She also says that 
Quinn has "two adorable daughters." 


Richmond VA reports that son Ben 
married in 2002, son Jeff graduated 
from the UVA School of Engineering & 
Applied Science, and daughter Emily is 
a junior in high school. Winfree contin- 
ues to work as a reference librarian for 
Hennco County. 
Beavercreek OH enjoyed visiting her 
son, daughter-in-law and first grand- 
child Justine Elizabeth Ballard in 
Washington, D.C., this year. She 
writes: "They will leave soon for a two- 
year assignment in Uzbekistan with 
the State Department. When not being 
'Nanna Em,' I am 'Mom,' helping my 
daughter, a Ph.D. candidate at Ball 
State, paint her various apartments! " 


Anderson of Oklahoma City OK 
writes: "My husband Mike and I loved 
New Zealand — a beautiful country 
with clear blue water and wonderful 
people. No wonder Lord of the Rings 
was filmed there!" 

DORIS FAUBER Strickler of Lexington 
VA continues to teach art for Buena 
Vista City Schools. Husband Michael is 
assistant to the superintendent at VMI, 
son Matthew graduated from W&L in 
2003 and is in graduate school at 
William & Mary and daughter Amanda 
is a sophomore at W&L. 
MARY MCCAULEY Greathouse of 
Versailles KY i; de'rahted to announce 

her two daughters were both married 
in the summer of 2003. 
NANCY MORSE Evans of PattisonTX 
continues to work as an oncology reg- 
istered nurse in Houston. She writes: 
"I look forward to spending summers 
at the ranch in North Dakota. We go 
June through October" 




Mechanicsville VA retired after 31 
years of teaching special education. 

ANN BROWN of Asheville NC is a cer- 
tified nurse midwife, delivering babies 
at Mission Hospitals in western North 


Alexandna VA reports that son Charles, 
24, works in Charlottesville, son 
Thomas, 20, is in his third year at 
USMA, and son Andrew, 18, is a fresh- 
man at William & Mary 

CARYN GOVE Long of Lake Helen FL 
retired from the Air Force Reserve one 
year ago. She enjoys volunteering at 
her son's middle school and local 

JILL KIELY of Columbus OH writes: 
"In October 2003, I purchased the only 
other flower shop in the vicinity of the 
Ohio State University campus. Forty- 
five thousand students and two 
campus flower shops leave me little 
idle time!" 


Brooklyn NY continues her employ- 
ment as a social worker She reports 
that younger daughter Erika, who 
works for Thompson Island Outward 
Bound in Boston, spent six weeks in 
Africa, and older daughterTiana works 
for Hewlett Packard in Corvallis OR. 

LINDA VERNER Smith of Lake 
Oswego OR writes: "My daughter 
Lauren graduated from MBC in May. It 
was a wonderful commencement 
weekend. Traveling all the way from 
Oregon was worth it — her grand- 
mother and brother from Washington 
said the same!" 

BERYL BARNES lerardi of Charlotte 
NC writes: "I'm working in admissions 
and international studies at Charlotte 
Country Day School where I've been for 
several years. Son Drew works for an 
investment firm in Washington, DC, 
daughter Paige is a junior at Bucknell 
University, and daughter Annie is in the 
ninth grade at Charlotte Country Day I'm 
glad Cynthia Tyson retired to our beauti- 
ful city!" 

MARY JANE CONGER of Greensboro 
NC has been a foster parent for over 12 
years, fostering 13 children lone at a 
time) ages 3-13. She writes: "I never 
thought I would become a 'forever 
mom,' but God blessed me with a foster 
child who became eligible for adoption in 
October 2003. Melissa, 7 became my 
adoptive daughter I'm very excited and 
a little scared" 

reports that older son Martin Lewis mar- 
ried in November 2003. She writes: "He 
and his wife Anna are stationed in San 
Diego where Martin, a 2002 graduate of 
the Naval Academy in Annapolis, is a 
naval officer My second son Camilo 
Lewis IS a senior at Cornell University, 
studying religion and East Asian studies. 
He traveled to China this summer to 
improve his Chinese." 

City MD writes: "We moved over the 
state line from Kansas to Missouri and 
bought a house built in 1913 that's closer 
in for city living. We are so excited! " 


Greensboro NC reports that husband 
David is on sabbatical. The couple trav- 
eled with children Ben, 21, and John, 17 
to Switzerland for two weeks in June. 


PATTY CHITWOOD of Blacksburg VA is 
assistant director of Schiffert Health 
Center at Virginia Tech. She reports that 
oldest daughter Emily is a sophomore 
atU.Va., daughter Sarah is a freshman 
at JMU, and son Colin is in ninth grade. 

SALLY DILLARD Hauptfuhrer of 

Atlanta GA reports that daughter 
Barbara is a senior at Duke University, 
son Tuck is a junior at Vanderbilt 
University, and son Lawson graduated 
from high school this past spring. 

JAMIE HEWELL Odrezin of 

Birmingham AL writes: "I'm still prac- 
ticing pediatrics and love it. My son 
Daniel is 17 and busier than his par- 
ents. My husband Greg teaches sixth 
grade math." 

Worth TX writes: "I've 'retired' from 
the investment firm where I worked 
for 18 years. My daughter Emily 14, 
has a nerve disease called RSD that 
I'm trying to raise awareness of and 
find successful treatment for." 


Richmond VA reports that son Andrew 
graduated from high school and now 
attends American University in 
Washington, D.C. Son David is a junior 
in high school. 

LISA SLOAN-Levin of Topanga CA is a 
licensed clinical psychologist in private 
practice and an adjunct professor at 
Pacifica Graduate Institute. She writes: 
"I still involve myself in film and theatre 
and have a beautiful 19-year-old daugh- 
ter and a husband who is cute, too!" 

Killingsworth of Virginia Beach VA 
writes: "My husband and I are mis- 
sionaries working in Costa Rica, 
Nicaragua. Mexico, Columbia, Peru, 
and Cuba" 


MARTHA DAVIS Shifflett writes: 
"After 50 years as a 'Roanoker,' my 
husband and I moved to Harrisonburg 
VA where I am president of SunTrust." 

NANCY NOWAK Insco of St Joseph 
MO writes: "Mom to Megan, 
Matthew and Meredith. Husband 
Michael is an attorney in private prac- 
tice. I'd love to start recruitment 
activities for MBC here in the Greater 
Kansas City Area and Midwest." 

While in China this past March to adopt daughter Elizabeth Grace Jingrong Horton, JILL 
JOHNSON Horton '83 and husband Bob visited with friend and MBC alumna JENNY 
YING JIA '98 Enjoying dinner at Beijing's famous Peking Duck Restaurant are (I to r) 
Bob, Jill, and Jenny. 

BRITTNEY HALL Gill '93 was given a baby shower by MICHELE ALLEN 

Angelo '93 on September 27 2003, nine days before son Grant was born. 
Pictured (I to r) are MARY HUGHES Hawkins '92, Brittney and Michele. 
Brittney says other MBC alumnae sent gifts and wishes but were unable to 
attend due to the continuing clean up from Hurricane Isabel. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Winter 2004 

Pictured here in March 2004 are CARRIE 
ENRIGHT LaRose '98 and husband Greg 

CATHERINE CUMMIIMGS Rennolds '99 of Hampton VA married Richard Rennolds II November 8, 2003 Mary Baldvjin 
friends pictured in attendance are (front row, I to r) the bnde's sister CYNTHIA "CINDIE" CUMMINGS Allen '87, JEN- 


Southern Pines NC reports that daugh- 
ter Emma was co-validictonan of her 
high school graduating class and now 
attends Rice University 




of Mount Pleasant SC reports that 
daughter Elizabeth attends Oberlin 
College and enioys a creative writing 
class, son Chip attends Brewster 
Academy in Wolfeboro NH, and son 
Ian IS in seventh grade at Moultne 
Middle School m Mount Pleasant 
Husband Bright is chief executive offi- 
cer for Prevecare, a preventive 
medicine clinic in Charleson SC. 
MARY ANN NABER of Leesburg VA 
married Gregg Stuessi October 18, 2003 


MARY HUNTER Leach of Kilauea HI 
writes: "I continue to enpy my work 
at Ola's Hanalei, a gallery of contem- 
porary American craft on the north 
shore of Kauai. Whenever possible. I 
support local theatre projects, either 
on stage or behind the scenes. We 
live on two and a half acres, so there 
are always weeds to pull in our gar- 
dens Come visit — we have a guest 
rental! Aloha'" 

ANN LUCAS Styron of KnoxvilleTN 

LESLIE MARFLEET Terry - ■ n Atlanta 

March 6th for a weekend get-together. 
These friends have been reuniting every 
year for the past 10 years 


California MD writes "Still program- 
ming full time With one in college, one 
in high school, one in middle school, 
and my husband back in classes, I'm 
the only non-student in the family! " 

HEIDI GOELTZ Clemmer of 

Darnestown MD reports that daughter 
Jill IS a sophomore at St Mary's 
College of Maryland at historic St 
Mary's City. Son Daniel is a sopho- 
more in high school. 



of Richmond VA has worked as licens- 
ing manager for the Virginia Lottery for 
over 12 years. She wntes: "Son 
Andrew is now 13. Non-working hours 
are spent attending my son's sports 
events and reading. Husband Kevin is 
a vice president with Wachovia Bank." 
of Tyler TX writes: "I've been married 
to my wonderful husband Bruce for 21 
years. He has Lehnertz Faulkner, Inc , 
an oil and gas company here in Tyler, 
and I have my intenor design (residen- 
tial and commercial) business. I love 
my |ob and clients. I'm starting a 
women's board for Mother Frances 
Hospital with a focus on women and 
children's health issues. My best news 
is the continued gift of our son. He is a 
high school senior at Bishop TK 
Gorman and is a constant source of 
joy and amazement. He was accepted 
into the summer seminar program at 
the Naval Academy and the Air Force 
Academy We're already gearing up for 
fall football — his last year to start on 
defense. I take great pleasure m being 
a 'football mom' and organizing all the 
team meals and transportation. It was 
fun contacting everyone for our 
reunion MBC was the best part of my 
college career" 

KAREN MATTHEWS Winchester of 
GermantownTN is a medical technolo- 
gist at Baptist Hospital-Memphis. She 
reports that daughter Jennifer is a 
senior at the University of Tennessee- 
Knoxville. working towards a degree in 
exercise science. After graduation, she 
will attend the University of 

Tennessee-Memphis to earn her doc- 
torate in physical therapy. Daughter 
Elizabeth is in the 10th grade and plays 
volleyball and lacrosse. Husband John 
enioys working at FedEx and duck 
hunting in the winter 


Antonio TX reports that son Walter 
graduated from high school and hus- 
band David started a new |0b in the 
real estate business. Melissa volun- 
teers for the San Antonio Art League 
and enjoys playing tennis 


ALISE LEARNED Mahr of Elmira NY 
reports that daughter Amanda is a 
freshman studying drama and English 
at Ithaca College, and daughter 
Maggie is a high school sophomore 
involved in lazz band and the track 
team. Husband Bill has worked for 
IBM for 30 years and Aiise is a parent 
educator for family reunification as 
well as a PEIP (Prenatal/Early Infancy 
Project) research interviewer, 

SUSAN MARTIN Roberts of Fort 
Pierce FL writes: "My husband Gary 
and I continue to own and operate a 
nursery and landscape company with 
15 employees. (I finally put my busi- 
ness degree to work — I run the 
office operations.) Our six children are 
now ages 14-21. We have three in 
college and three still in high school 
Whew! We graduate two more in 


KATHRYN GRAVELY Melo of Yorktown 
VA writes: "Mike, the girls and I moved 
into a new home. I'm teaching second 
grade and loving it. Mike is in his sec- 
ond career and the girls are always 
swimming! Life is good! " 

Hatcher of Newport News VA wntes: 
"In June, I assumed the position of dis- 
trict supenntendent for the Peninsula 

District of the Virginia Conference of the 
United Methodist Church. This is a cler- 
gy role overseeing 38 United Methodist 
Churches in the Hampton Roads area of 

JAMIE LINDLER of New Orleans VA 
works as a deputy special master on the 
9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, heanng 
claims of personal injury victims. She 
says the work has been very meaning- 

REBECCA LINGER Nolle of Malibu CA 
writes "I'm still living in Malibu and Fort 
Lauderdale FL My son Brawley attend- 
ed the Cannes Film Festival in France 
with his father and also attended a the- 
atre class in England this summer. 
Brawley turned 18 on June 20, 2004." 


Avondale PA writes "Son John gradu- 
ated from Tower Hill School in 
Wilmington DE and now attends U.Va.. 
Daughter Elizabeth is a junior at Tower 

Church VA writes "In October 2003, I 
joined Option One Mortgage Corp., a 
subsidiary of H&R Block, as director of 
project management in their 
Washington, DC , office of housing, 
industry and trade relations" 

MARGARET WREN de St. Aubin of 

Silver City NC reports that oldest son 
Chip graduated from Woodberry Forest 
School in May and attends Hampden- 
Sydney College where he plays 
lacrosse. Son Wren, 1 6, is a junior at 
Woodberry and is friends with Alex 
Butler son of DOUGLAS MONCURE 
Butler '81. and Will Fletcher, son of 
Fletcher '82 Margaret's youngest son 
Denis, 9, likes tennis, golf and "keep- 
ing up with his big brothers" 


real estate broker m High Point NC 
where her family resides. She writes: 
"My husband Gary joined me in the 
business this year. Our children are 
seniors in high school. It's an exciting 

Winter 2004 • Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

time seeing them prepare for their 
college years!" 


JILL DAVIS Barnes of Mount Pleasant 
SC writes; "On March 1 , 2004, I 
accepted the position of business 
manager for Lowcountry AIDS 
Services, a nonprofit agency serving 
men, women and children affected by 
HIV/AIDS in the greater Charleston 
area, along with providing prevention 
and education services. It is a chal- 
lenging but rewarding job." 
SARA PENDLETON Tartala of Fort 
Eustis VA writes; "We're back in the 
United States after three years in 
Germany We are especially happy to 
be living in Virginia. My husband John 
and I have three children; Katy, 15, 
Margaret, 13, and Jack, 8." 


MELINDA CAIN of DallasTX writes; 
"Enjoying first-time home ownership 
— finally! What a learning expehence 
it is! Also enjoying time with my dog 
and going on at least two cruises 
every year to 'decompress.'" 

JILL JOHNSON Norton of Columbia 
SC writes; "We traveled to China in 
March to adopt our precious little girl, 
Elizabeth Grace Jingrong Norton. She 
has blessed us more than we ever 
could have imagined and our hearts 
are overflowing with gratitude to God 
for His precious gift! I also got to visit 
with JENNYYING JIA '98, a fnend 
from China, while in Beijing — a won- 
derful visit!" 

Grayson of Atlanta GA writes; "I'm 
really enioying my antique businesses 
in Atlanta. I own two booths at 
Antique Mall and have been success- 
fully selling for two years. I went to a 
program on girl's school education and 
was reminded of the impact MBC had 
on my life. Even though it was only 
one year, it was significant! " 
of Fredericksburg VA continues to 
work for the Department of Defense. 
She reports that son Kyle, 11, now 
attends middle school. 


KERRI GLENN Byrne of Beesleys 

Point NJ IS busy at home with four 
children; Timmy, 17, Jessica. 15, Casey, 
11, and Logan. 5. 

THERESA HALL Attwell of Houston 
TX writes; "Evans and I are still loving 
Houston. Patrick, 9, and Mary-Evans, 
8, keep my tires rolling! I see lots of 
ALLISON VAN EMAN Culver '86 and 
all the other fun Houston MBC gals." 
writes; "I recently purchased my first 
home in Houston TX and finished 
course work from the University of 
Phoenix in Houston. I received a bach- 
elor of science degree in 
business/ebusiness in September." 

JESSICA MEEKINS of Virginia Beach 
VA received a master's in early child- 
hood special education from Old 
Dominion University in 1994. She 
teaches preschool-aged special needs 
children for Virginia Beach Schools. 


Springfield VA enjoys being at home 
with daughter Leslie, 4, and son Peter, 
2. She writes; "They keep me busy! 
My husband Erick retired from the 
Marine Corps this summer after serv- 
ing 20 years and plans to start a 
second career in the Washington, 
D.C., area" 

YelmWAwntes; "My husband Jim 
and I are prepanng to have a high 
school senior. We are planning a cross 
country tnp in a motorhome with our 
three daughters to visit my relatives " 

busy building apartments in New York 
City and I'm busy being mom to Will, 
5, and Ella, 20 months. We're having a 
ton of fun!" 


DIANA "DEE" DOLES Stokes and 

husband Robbie of Raleigh I^C 
announce the birth of son Robert 
Luther "Luke" Stokes, Jr., March 6, 


ANNE POULSON Russell of 

Columbus OH was promoted to super- 
visor of the Franklin County Board of 
Mental Retardation and Developmental 


RALPHETTA AKER of Orlando FL is in 

the inaugural evening class at Flonda 
A&M University College of Law. 

MARY BLASSER Brown and husband 
Michael of Dillon SC celebrated the 
birth of son Andrew Walker Brown May 
5, 2003. Andrew was 8 lbs., 1 ounce 
and 21 inches long 

NELLE CHILTON Dixon of Ronceverte 
WV is very proud of her 2-year-old 

LISA DRESSLER Garst of Salem VA 
writes; "In March 2004, I spent a week- 
end in Sa'-i- ,-.iH' MARGARET 
"MEG" HARTLEY Buchanan '88, 
Pitman '87.Thib g.rls .'.'eeKend' is an 
annual event!" 



of Staunton VA writes; "Our lovely little 
girl, Emma Powers Adams, was born 
September 25, 2003." 
KELLY GARRETT Abbott of Darien 
CT writes: " I had my third daughter, 
Keaton Greer Abbott, September 19, 

Lloyd Harbor NY enjoyed seeing class- 
mates at reunion in May She writes; 
"Stephen and I became parents again 
in November 2002, when Arabella 
Bass Benjamin was born. Steve is 


Manning of Lynchburg VA writes; 
"David and I are thrilled to announce 
the adoption of daughter Katherine 
Grace "Kacki" Manning, born March 
31, 2003, in Khabarovsk, Russia. She 
joins sons Will, 11, and Brant, 9. I am 
still the director of admissions at 
James River Day School in 

Atlanta GA continues to work as a 
portrait artist while raising son 
Hunter, born January 19. 2003. 

Cramer of Ashburn VA writes; "Joe 
and I joyfully announce the birth of our 
son John Franklin Cramer, born Apnl 7 
2004. Jackson, 2, loves being a big 
brother I am still working for Nextel 
Communications in Herndon VA as the 
director of IT testing. It was great catch- 
ing up with ELIZABETH "BETH" 
CARRERAS Benson '90 and SUSAN 
HYATT Ferrell '90 at John's baptism in 

Macedon NY has taught school for 10 
years and currently teaches third grade 
for Rochester City Schools. Husband 
Yat-Sen is a manager for Hyatt Hotels. 
She writes; "We are enjoying every 
minute of every day with our son 
Hadley Jean, born May 15, 2003, He's 
the greatest thing in the whole world 
and the first grandchild in the family. 
We recently took Hadley on his first of 
many vacations to Orlando FL and he 
loved the big pool at the hotel. My sis- 
Sommer '91 is marned and doing 
great. Chris and I both have boxers; 
Naya and Newman. Hadley and Maya 
are great buddies. I've lost contact with 
many of myfnends from MBC and 
would love to get in touch with Betsey 
M.D., and others. I miss you guys." 

LORI SMITH Beck and husband John 
of San AntonioTX celebrated the birth 
of daughter KesterenTindall Beck 
February 21. 2004. 
husband Michael are proud to 
announce the birth of son Maximilian 
Tate Riith March 3. 2003. Maximilian 
joined big brother Jake, 4. 


STEPHANIE BAKER Jones of Calhoun 
GA writes; "We moved to Calhoun, my 
husband's home town, over three years 
ago. I'm very busy raising Elizabeth 
'Grace,' 4, and 'Anne Fogle,' 2" 
of Hayes VA writes; "We're living in 
Gloucester now and moved for 
Clayton to join Merrill Lynch. I have 
two children; Kathryn, 5, and Drake, 2, 
that I love staying home with." 

Stepanian of Richmond VA stays busy 
with her three children; Megan, 6, 
Nicholas. 4, and Jack, 2. 

ANGELA PERRI of Irvine CA writes; 
"My partner and I moved to southern 
California. We are living in an apart- 
ment but plan on buying a home in the 
next six months to a year" 

SUSAN SOMMERS Crisp and hus- 
band Sellers enjoy living in Atlanta GA 
and visiting with CAROLINE MAY 
Echols '90 and her husband Charlie. 
The couple celebrated the birth of 
daughter Susan "Shepherd" Cnsp 
March 29, 2004. Shepherd joined big 
brother Sellers, 3, and was named 
after her mother and grandmother 
SUSAN OASTTompkins '64. 


KRISTIN COLLINS of College Park 
MD was inducted into PhiTheta Kappa 
at Montgomery College in 
Germantown MD Apnl 30, 2004, and 
has been nominated by PhiTheta 
Kappa for the national dean's list for 
2003 - 2004. Kristin plans to apply to 
law school after completing the parale- 
gal studies program at Montgomery 
College in May 2005. 
GA writes; "I'm teaching gifted educa- 
tion in Clarke County GA and just had 
my fourth child, Anderson Wells, in 
March. He joins Emily 9, Robby 7 and 
Alex, 3." 

Manassas VA writes; "My husband 
Monty and I welcomed second child 
Jackson Burrows Lynch to our family 
March 16, 2004. Big brother Chandler 
realizes that Jackson's here to stay and 
is adjusting fairly well. We're all having a 
lot of fun!" 

JULIA "JULIE" KING Maxwell of 

FishersvilleVAis in her ninth year of 
teaching biology and ecology at a local 
high school- She completed her mas- 
ter's in education administration in early 
December 2003, and on December 22, 
gave birth to first child Emma Kate 
Sherman Maxwell, .7 lbs., 4 ounces. 
Julie writes; "We brought her home on 
Chnstmas day What a present! " 
Stroudsburg PA writes; "I attended 
MBC's Continuing Education weekend 
and it was excellent — a great way to 
bring alumnae back!" 
ANGELA STAATS Manning and hus- 
band John of Winston-Salem NC 
welcomed the birth of son Lucas 
Benjamin April 17 2004. He joined big 
sister Grace Alexandra, 4. 

KAREN WOOD Woodson of 

Chesapeake VA writes; "My husband 
John and I have a new addition to our 
family — a girl, Caroline Gladden 
Woodson, born June 2. 2004. Ann 
Jacob, 2, loves being a big sister I took 
the summer off from my work as senior 
accountant with the City of Portsmouth 
to be at home with Caroline." 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Winter 2004 

:Z. ■• On March 20, 2004, JENNIFER 

1^ "JENNY" RINACA Hudgins 

|H '02 married John Bradley 

V Hudgins in Chesapeake VA. 

Celebrating the wedding are 

(front row, I to r) JENNIFER 







MOTLEY '02, Danielle Ryan, 

ANNE SCHAECH '01, the bride. 






Fort Mill SC IS a stay-at-home mother of 
two: Zephaniah, 3. and Finlay-Rose, 1 
She writes: "My husband Dareck and 
our family live |ust south of Charlotte NC 
I attended MBC for only two years 
(1989-1991 ) and would love to get in 
touch with some old classmates " 

BRITTNEY HALL Gill and husband Matt 
of Colonial Heights VA celebrated the 
birth of son Grant Edward Gill October 6, 
2003 Brittney writes: "Since Grant's 
birth. I've been fortunate to work from 
home and enjoy watching our precious 
little boy grow up Matt and I are both 
thrilled about parenthood," 
Barrington IL writes "Trae and I bought 
our first home We're extremely excited 
about It and can't wait to start decorating 
We'll be in the home about six weeks 
before our first wedding anniversary! " 


wntes "Recently moved to the 
Baltimore area with my husband Bill and 
our dog Dulce, I work in the marketing 
department of Point Breeze Credit 

KIMBERLY LUCAS Ben^ and husband 
Barth of Staunton VA married August 1 . 
2003. The couple welcomed the birth of 
first child Geneva Ann "Nev" Berry June 
29, 2004 

TRICIA WILSON Cotter relocated from 
Orlando FL to Staunton in May where 
she and husband Michael own and oper- 
ate Taylor Rental The couple welcomed 
the birth of second son Michael E. 
Cotter. Ill, July 31. 2003, 


husband Chris of Gloucester VA are 
proud to announce the birth of daughter 
Grace Caroline, born in Williamsburg 
October 31. 2003 "Gracie" weighed 7 
lbs , 4 ounces and was 19 inches long 
HOLLY HUNTER Loeffler of Charlotte 
NC marned Michael "Chnstopher" 
Loeffler March 22. 2003, and gave birth 
to first child Campbell Morgan Loeffler 
March 21 . 2004 Campbell weighed 6 
lbs . 13 ounces and was 19 inches long, 

KATHRYN STOKELY Powell of Danville 
VA IS director of development for Averett 
University Formerly executive director of 
CONTACT Crisis Line of Danville- 
Pittsylvania County Kathryn is 
spearheading the university's fund-rais- 
ing efforts with special concentration on 
the annual fund, special projects, leader- 
ship of volunteers, and corporate and 
foundation relations 

SARA WILLIAMSON Sutphin and hus- 
band Mike of Louisville KY are proud 
parents of Jonathan. 2, and Paul 
Colliver. born July 15. 2004, Sara writes: 
"I am working as a youth counselor and 
earning my master's in counseling psy- 
chology at the University of Louisville, 
Mike IS a network administrator" 

Shepardson of Richmond VA is a stay- 
at-home mother to son William. 2, 


GARNETT CLYMER Ogden and hus- 
band Chris of Dallas TX celebrated the 
birth of first child Andrew William Ogden 
June 15. 2004, Andrew weighed6 lbs,. 
10 ounces and was 20 inches long. 

ALEXIS GRIER Reid and husband 
Langdon of Staunton VA are proud to 

announce the birth of daughter Caroline 
Fairchild Reid May 8. 2004, Caroline 
weighed 8 lbs,, 9 ounces and was 20 5 
inches long Alexis continues to work as 
a 2-star consultant with Southern Living 
at HOME, while Langdon and cousin H. 
"WIL" REID '96 ADP perform as the 
country music duo Grandstatf 

LEETHOMPSON Vemiillion and hus- 
band Kevin of Bnstow VA celebrated the 
birth of second son Carter Lee Vermillion 
Apnl 1. 2004 Carter joined big brother 
Jackson. 3 Lee is currently a stay-at- 
home mother and plans to attend 
graduate school at George Mason 
University in January 2005 She will earn 
her master's in teaching to become a 
licensed reading specialist 
NOSHUA WATSON of Silver Spring 
MD worked as an instructor of eco- 
nomics at Mary Baldwin College dunng 
the last academic session. She has 
now entered the Ph D, program in 
strategy at INSEAD. a top international 
business school in Fountainebleau. 
France, Noshua was only one of two 
students to receive a full scholarship for 
the program. 


LORI ANDERSON Goad of HurtVA mar- 
ned Thomas W Goad. Jr March 29. 
2003. followed by a honeymoon in 
Charleston SC Lori writes: "We were 
married by our pastor on the deck of the 
youth building at our church I've been 
teaching third grade at AltaVista 
Elementary School for five years and 
completed my master's in curriculum 
and instruction from U.Va, in May." 
AMY GRIFFITH Berra of Hummelstown 
PA writes "My husband and I welcomed 
a beautiful baby girl, Lola June Berra. into 
our family August 7 2003, 1 am now a 
stay-at-home mother and a Tastefully 

Simple consultant" 

APRIL KIRBY Ware and husband Earl of 
Richmond VA welcomed the birth of first 
child Evan Kirby Ware February 8. 2004. 
Evan weighedS lbs . 1 ounce and was 20 
inches long. 



and husbandTravis of Fredericksburg VA 
celebrated the birth of second child Mary 
Grace Courtney May 15. 2004, Meg 
writes: "We, and big brother Griffin, 3, 
are all doing fine!" 
SILVERMAN Sprenkle and husband 
Ta-) '0' '"■ 'C'ved 'rom Florida to Manassas 
VA in May, Beth works for the state in 
wetlands protection, 

HOLLY SOUTH of St. Inigoes MD 
writes "My husband Patnck and I 
brought our first son. Ethan, home last 

Marietta GA writes, "My boys recently 
turned 2 and I'm loving staying at home 
with them I was elected to the board of 
my twins club, so I'm staying busy," 


FAITH ANDREWS of Wilmington DE 
writes "I've returned to Delaware and 
am working for MBNA in the fraud ser- 
vices department Christopher Johnson. 
Jr had his first birthday April 28. 2004" 

ANNIE ANDREWS Minix and husband 
Lee of Appomattox VA welcomed the 
birth of son James Daniel Minix Apnl 20. 
2004, James weighed 7 lbs,. 13 ounces 
and was 21.5 inches long, 
writes MEREDITH MOLTENI '98 and I, 

Winter 2004 • Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

along with the Junior League of 
Richmond VA, traveled to Athens, the 
Greek Isles, andTurkey in March. The 
sheer beauty of Athens was incredible. 
We had the opportunity to visit six 
diverse and culturally rich islands: 
Mykonos. Kusadasi, Patmos, Rhodes, 
Crete, and Santorini, where we ended 
our fabulous trip." 


Williamsburg VA writes: "In September 
2002, 1 married a wonderful police officer 
named Greg LaRose. He was recently 
promoted to lieutenant! I'm so proud to 
have MBC skills at work in being a 'net- 
working wife.' I am now a very happy 
stay^t-home mommy to Joseph, 20 
months. I use my Mary Baldwin skills to 
be an organized and productive house- 
wife, but look forward to finishing my 
teaching degree in a few years. I'd love to 
get in contact with old classmates! " 
JENNY JIA of Beijing, China has 
worked for the past four years as a sec- 
retary for Hughes Network Systems, a 
company based in Maryland with an 
office in Beijing. Jenny writes: "God is 
so good. He is the same in the United 
States and in China. I often tell my 
fnends in China that the biggest gain for 
me in the United States was to know 
God. He is so good! I miss Staunton 
andMBC — thequiet little town and my 
white-painted school. I also miss my 
teachers, friends, classmates, the 
Grafton Library (where we studied hard), 
and Wesley, my neighbor's baby who 
once went with me to a meeting at 
school. So many memories ... If anyone 
wants to know anything about China or 
Beijing, I'll try to find the answer and 
write to you. Best wishes for my school 
and love to you all!" 


of Greenbelt MD develops corpo- 
rate surveys for the U.S. Census 
Bureau in Washington, D.C., and 
was featured on the National 
Network of Presbyterian College 
Women's Web site for her service 
as a lay leader in the Presbyterian 
Church (USA). Rebecca has served 
as a ruling elder and co-chair of her 
congregation's Christian Education 
Committee. Other involvment 
includes work with her presbytery's 
Youth Connection and as a planning 
team member for the 2003 
Presbyterian Women's Gathering in 
Louisville KY In October 2003, the 
Women's Ministries Program Area 
asked Rebecca to attend a confer- 
ence in Ghana focused on religion, 
culture, and HIV/AIDS. She says 
about the experience: "I learned a 
great deal about the cultural and reli- 
gious factors contributing to the 
spread of the virus in Africa. It was 
awesome to be in partnership with 
our African sisters, even though it 
was only for a week." 

writes: "I'm a stay-at-home mom to 
Margaret, 3, andTrip, 1, who we wel- 
comed May 2, 2003." 
LISA SHIRLEY Bums of Berkeley 
Springs WV married James Burn 
October 17 2003. She writes: "We 
welcomed our daughter Virginia Rose 
Burns into the world May 20, 2004." 


NC took a new job as director of sales 
for a hotel in Nags Head NC. 


Mechanicsviile VA writes: "My previ- 
ous year and a half has been busy. In 
March 2003, I gave birth to my first 
child, Donanthan Patnck Arnold. This 
year, I received my master's of sci- 
ence in human resource management 
from Troy State University in Alabama. 
One week later, I started a new 
career in human resources at Virginia 
Commonwealth University. Life is 
very busy but very fulfilling." 


Woodstock VA continues to serve in 
the Army and was deployed to Iraq in 

writes: "I am now working in New 
Kent VA as an occupational therapist 
at Cumberland Hospital for Children 
and Adolescents." 

SARAH POSTON of Richmond VA 
graduated from VCU School of 
Pharmacy at the Medical College of 
Virginia in May. 

writes: "On June 6, 2004, HOLLY 
WOJCAK '02 and I completed the 
San Diego Rock 'n Roll Marathon! We 
trained on opposite coasts with Team 
in Training and raised over $7000 for 
the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 
Who knew that two 'squirrel girls' 
who griped about physical education 
classes would go on to train for a 

EMILY WHITE of Flushing Ml plans to 
attend Thomas M. Cooley Law School 
this fall to pursue a juris doctor. 


that her family moved back to 
Jacksonville FL where husband Charles 
accepted a position with a law firm. She 


Houston TX writes: "I'm no longer a 
law student, but have a wealth of 
information for aspiring law students 
or lawyers who would like to make a 
career change. Please feel free to con- 
tact me with questions. To all my MBC 
girlfnends — please keep in touch. I 
wish you all the best in whatever 
you're doing!" 

LETICIA HALL-Salam and husband 
Abdul celebrated the birth of daughter 
Farah January 24, 2004. The Salam 
family (Leticia, Abdul, Jabriel and 
Farah) reside in Woodbridge VA where 
Leticia is education manager for The 
National Cancer Registrars Association 
and is completing a nursing degree. 
She writes: " I am the happiest I've 
ever been and have God, my husband. 

family and friends to thank for it." 
EMILY MAZZEO Kmczynsk! of 

Martinsburg WV married Captain John 
Stephen Kruczynski at the US. Air 
Force Academy July 14, 2004. 


Newport News VA writes: "On June 
25, 2004, I married my best friend 
Jeffrey Lee. It was a beautiful ceremo- 
ny and great reception. I'm now 
teaching second grade and am work- 
ing towards my master's in library 
science/ media at Old Dominion 

University full time pursuing my mas- 
ter's in counseling." 



MELISSA CARICO Bell and husband 
Shane of Rock Hill SC celebrated the 
birth of first child Sterling Grace Bell 
May 25, 2004, 


Nashville TN works in the mortgage 
division at National Bank of 
Commerce in Brentwood TN. She 
writes: "I'm getting ready to cele- 
brate a year of marriage, and we're 
purchasing a home! Work as a mort- 
gage lender keeps me busy, but I'm 
enjoying every minute of it. Brad and 
I plan to take a vacation after settling 
into our house this fall. We're enjoy- 
ing Nashville and look forward to a 
great football season with the Titans I 
Congrats to WINDSOR HALL Johnson 
'02 and KIRSTEN WELTON Sheilds '01 
on their marr jO~\: L; .■; -o all my MBC 
fnends ASHLEY LEONARD '01 
Mongaras '03, and APRIL "JOLAYNE" 
SIKES '01 

VA teaches first grade in Henrico 

LAINA NELSON of Norfolk VA wntes: 
"Wow! Life has been great since my 
days at MBC. In early 2002. I broke off 
my engagement to a 'certain Hampden- 
Sydney gentleman' — the best decision 
of my life. Since then, I've worked as a 
first grade teacher in Norfolk. I met and 
fell in love with Derek Shoemake, an 
ODU graduate. In April, he proposed in 
New York City's Central Park during a 
horse drawn carriage ride. Our wedding 
is planned for December IB, 2004. I 
hope everyone else has found such 
splendid happiness as well." 
Centreville VA writes: "Hope all is well! 
Just want to say that all is well here. 
Nick McConnell and I married 
September 20, 2003, and are living in 
our very own house in Centreville. Nick 
works in Bethesda and I work with 
DELAINE PERRY '02 in Fairfax." 


Harnsonburg VA marned Jeremy 
Spilman October 11, 2003. HEIDI BAL- 
SLEY '02 was matron of honor. 
Christine writes: "Married life has been 
so wonderful and Jeremy is a wonder- 
ful husband. In addition to working part 
time at JMU's Women's Resource 
Center, I attend Eastern Mennonite 


of Washington DC writes: "Scariet. 
Two years away from Mary 
Baldwin and so much has hap- 
pened. I moved into Glover Park in 
the District. It's walking distance 
from Georgetown University 
where I've been the center coordi- 
nator for the Center for Business 
and Public Policy at the 
McDonough School of Business for 
almost two years. I plan several 
events and, as you can imagine, 
have the opportunity to meet many 
new faces. I was asked to plan the 
Ministers of Women's Affairs 
Conference in conjunction with 
Georgetown University's Women's 
Leadership Initiative and Harvard 
University's Council of Women 
Worid Leaders in the fall of 2003. It 
was during that event that I met 
the Honorable Paula J. Dobriansky, 
the under secretary of state for 
global affairs; the Afghan minister 
of women's affairs, Habiba Sarabi; 
the president of the All-China 
Women's Federation, Peng Peiyun; 
and the deputy secretary of 
women, health, welfare and food in 
Hong Kong, Sally Wong, In April, I 
hosted a Distinguished Speaker 
Series where I had cocktails with 
Lana Marks, CEO and founder of 
LANA MARKS, Ltd. She is a lovely 
woman with beautifully designed 
handbags and a great sense of 
humor Georgetown University has 
several outlets to expose its stu- 
dents to different types of women 
in leadership and business. I hope 
that Mary Baldwin College will 
soon have the same opportunities 
for its students. Gold!" 

LISA BLISS of McLean VA writes; " I 
left my job for a more career-onented 
position at the Law Firm Group in 
Washington, D.C., a division of 
Citigroup Pnvate Bank. I also complet- 
ed my first season as a Junior Olympic 
volleyball coach for girls 16 and under, 
along with COURTNEY BLASIUS '02 

earned her master of arts in liberal studies 
with a concentration in social sciences at 
Hollins University May 23. 2004. 
Colorado Springs CO married Ben 
Hopkins June 27 2004. 


AMANDA BENNETT Lancaster of 

Harnsville NY married Phillip David 
Lancaster June 26, 2004, in Fort Drum NY 

KRISTEN COOPER Mullen of Wichita KS 
marned Keith Unah Mullen January 1, 
2004, She writes: "I'm currently stationed 
at McConnell AFB, KS as a section corn- 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Winter 2004 


DRAS '02 (r) had the 

opportunity to meet Lana 
Marks (I), CEO and fouhder of 
LANA MARKS, Ltd, during a 
Distinguished Speaker Senes 
Yogi hosted through her work 
with Georgetown University. 
LANA MARKS leather hand- 
bags and accessones are 
carried by celebrities and politi- 
cal figures such as the late 
Princess Diana, First Lady 
Laura Bush, Oprah Winfrey, 
Julianne Moore, Angela 
Bassett, Reese Witherspoon, 
and Chloe Sevigny. 

Celebrating at the finish 
line of the Rock 'n Roll 
Marathon in San Diego CA 
0" I'l'-e 6 2004, are 
'99 [II The two alumnae 
trained on opposite coasts 
and together raised over 
i7000 for the Leukemia 
d Lymphoma Society. 

manderof 22 Maintenance Group. I have 
experienced many adventures since t 
left Baldwin, but the most exciting one 
occurred on January 1, 2004. 1 had the 
pnviledge of becoming Mrs. Keith Uriah 
Mullen. This August, I reunited with sis- 
ter nULLs in Florida." 
VA enioyed her first year of teaching 
Spanish at Shelburne Middle School. 
She writes: "I also had a great time 
choreographing spring musicals for 
Robert E Lee High School." 

LEAH GRIFFITH writes: "I moved into 
a new townhouse and love living in 
Charlottesville VAi" 


Richmond VA married Christopher 
Jackson Moore June 5, 2004, in St. 
Michael's MD, followed by a honey- 
moon there. Christopher works for 
Joyce Engineering and Megan worked 
for Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation 
Center over the summer. She is m her 
second year of graduate school in the 
health administration program at MCV 

MONICA LAZO Mongaras writes: 
"I'm doing well I've been married for 
two years and have a one-year-old 
named Emily. I'm finishing school and 
am a homemaker with a wonderful 
husband, Michael, who encourages all 
of my dreams. He is the assistant 
manager for Allen Edmonds Shoe 
Corp. We still reside in Piano TX. and 
can't wait to make a trip to MBC." 
BARBARA LEWIS of Vienna VA works 
at her former elementary school, Flint 
Hill, in Fairfax County. She writes: "I'm 
an assistant, working with third and 
fourth graders with special needs who 
have been mamstreamed into the regu- 
lar classroom. It is a demanding yet 
rewarding job." 

wntes "Greeting to all my 2003 MBC 
alums and my sister nULLs I recently 
acquired a new |ob as a microscope 
specialist for Celanese Acetate Core 
Research and Development Some of 
my duties include running a scanning 
electron microscope, FT-IR, and an 
image analyzer I'm really excited about 
my job and all the new opportunities 
that are before me. Jeffrey and I are 
planning our October 1. 2004 wedding. 
The planning process is going really well 

and we're excited about our future" 
BRANDl SAMUELS of Midlothian VA 
writes 'After a year of working as a 
project coordinator for Reico Kitchen 
& Bath, I've finally broken into the 
commercial design market. I accepted 
a position at Mega Office Furniture 
and am now an interior designer 
Mega is an office furniture showroom 
and dealership that specializes in 
office furniture, design and cubicle 
systems I'm very happy to join the 
Mega office team and am very excit- 
ed about my career move! " 

writes: "After breaking my knee and 
tearing my ACL in a sailing accident a 
month after graduation, I moved to the 
Washinton, DC, area in November 
I've been working on Capitol Hill since 
December 2003, serving as legislative 
correspondent to Congressman John 
Linder from my home state of Georgia. 
DC. is a great city and I'm enjoying 
everything it has to offer! " 

in the May release of Chicken Soup for 
the Fisherman's Soul. 



LESLIE RUEFF of Staunton VA writes: 
" I did another year of classes at MBC 
to complete my teaching licensure in 
music and elementary education. This 
past year, I also worked in PEG as resi- 
dent staff. In March, I was offered a 
fourth grade teaching position in 
Waynesboro, which I accepted. I 
moved from Virginia Beach to the 
Valley and have a house in Staunton 




Charlottesville VA reports that she and 
husband Thomas spent a week in 
Colorado when grandson Luke Van 
Deman graduated from the University 
of Colorado m Boulder Barbara's grand- 
daughter Amanda Van Deman is a 
missionary in Nicaragua and will marry 
a Nicaraguan December 18, 2004. 


KATE FELTON of Louisburg NC is writ- 
ing a dessert cookbook as well as a 
children's book She writes: "Had weight 
loss surgery in October 2000 and lost 
75 lbs. Best surgery I ever had." 

PAT KELLERMAN of LeesburgVA is 
the author of a recently published book 
about how to find fulfillment after 
retirement entitled Starting Over. 
Reinventing Life After 60 She traveled 
around the country to interview the 
men and women who provide the 
bnef, inspiring stones the in book. 


Norman OK wrote a short story enti- 
tled "Half an Inch to Spare." published 

Alumnus Painter Honored at 
International Arts Festival 

By Samantha Sprole '06 

Judges for the 2004 International Very Special Arts Festival know 
talent when they see it. JohnTrippel '92, a graduate of the .\dult 
Degree Program, had two oil paintings on exhibit during the four- 
day festival in Washington D.C. VSA arts is an international 
nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring and developing the 
talent of artists with disabilities. In addition to visual art, the orga 
nization supports creative writers and poets, musicians, dancers, 
and actors. The international festival occurs every five years in a 
different city within one of 64 participating countries. 

Trippel graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of the 
Fine Arts in 
1975. Two years 
later, Trippel was 
diagnosed with 
paranoid schizo- 
phrenia. Since 
that time, he has 
struggled with 
and won control 
over his disability 
In 1989, Trippel 

heard of Mary „ , r.. , nnm n , 

„ ,, . , ,, , P/f Sfop, oil on canvas, 2003-04 
Baldwin s Adult "^ 

Degree Program while taking classes at Piedmont Community 
College. He explored further and decided to enroll. Trippel earned 
a bachelor's degree in fine arts with a minor in education. "It did 
help," Trippel said of the ADP Program. "It gave me a reason to 
paint again." 

Trippel was the only visual artist from Virginia to have his 
work displayed at the International Very Special Arts Festival. His 
Mary Baldwin education and VSA arts keep him inspired to paint, 
and the minor in education landed him a full-time teacher's assis- 
tant position at .•\lbemarle High School. 

Winter 2004 • Mary Baldwin College Magazine 


DORIS HARLAN of Charlottesville VA 
retired from U. Va. and is enjoying her 
grandchildren and a garden club. 


DUSTIN WELLS of San Francisco 
CA graduated from New College 
of California in San Francisco with 
an MFA in writing. His play "Bad 
Math" had a month-long run at the 
Exit Theater and "Apple Cipher" 
has been chosen for production in 
January. Dustin's novel The 
Cappuccino Cowboy Decides to 
Get Married w\\\ be published by 
Bootstrap Press, Boston MA with- 
in the year. 



Staunton VA earned her master's of 
education in school administration 
from James Madison University. She 
continues to teach first grade at 
Edward G. Clymore Elementary 


completed her master's of science in 
the management information technolo- 
gy program at U. Va. and graduated in 
the class of 2004. 


ARLENE DUNN of Lancaster PA 
received her master's of divinity and 
The Charles J. Reller Abiding Memohal 
Fund Award for Christian Concern for 
Others from Princeton Theological 

Seminary May 15, 2004. Arlene served 
as pastor of The Church of Christ in Mt. 
Washington MA this past summer. 


earned an executive MBA from VCU and 
celebrated her graduation with JEN- 
NIFERTAYLOR '95, who also earned 
the same degree. Kent writes: "Mary 
Baldwin College traditionals and ADP 
graduates are both moving forward." 



NILDA JOLLOFF teaches art at 
Shelburne Middle School in Staunton 
where she resides. She was inducted 
into the National Museum of Women 
in the Arts, won Best in Show for 
mixed-media at the 2003 Augusta 
County Fair, and has been invited to 
present an art workshop this fall at 
the Creative Mind Conference for the 
Moss Foundation at Sweet Briar 




Charlottesville VA writes: "After graduat- 
ing from the MAT program, I taught 
eighth grade math and algebra in a local 
middle school. I did not return to teach- 
ing in the fall of 2003 because my 
husband and I welcomed twins to our 
family! I'm now a stay-at-home mom to 
Ryland John and Jillian Paige and plan to 
remain at home with them, at least until 
they begin school. I enjoyed teaching 
middle-schoolers very much, but I now 
enjoy being a different kind of teacher to 
my son and daughter." 

r9CUlty I IGS continued from page 8 

Madison University — Rai said a chief goal of his 
work at Mary Baldwin is to enrich his students' 
experiences by exploring diversity in his classes, 
which include Children and family social environ- 
ments, social work theory, and interviewing 
techniques. Rai will teach the latter course for the 
first time at MBC, focusing on ways to consider 
people's ethnicity, race, language, socioeconomic 
background, and other factors when interviewing. 
"By being a diverse person, and letting that 
come through in my work, I take students beyond 
their physical and emotional boundaries," said 
Rai, a world traveler who visited England, Italy 
and France in the summer. "I hope I help them 
understand that there is a world beyond college." 

Janet Mitchell Harper '54 

A Homecoming, Too, 
For Notable Gifts to MBC 

By George Graves 

Janet Mitchell Harper '54 and Sarah Lacy 
Miller '38 brought gifts to homecoming: 
Harper donated to the college two paintings by 
the late Mary Baldwin faculty members 
Horace Day and Elizabeth Nottingham Day; 
and Miller gave a pin bearing the name 
Baldwin and made more than 100 years ago. 

Harper, who has taught art and continues 
to paint, recalls the Days as "not only wonder- 
ful professors — they were wonderful people." 
As a senior art major, Harper bought a paint- 
ing by each of the Days: a watercolor of 
Natural Bridge in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley 
by Horace Day, and a seascape by his wife. 

Harper marked her 50th reunion, and 
joining the Grafton Society, by giving the 
paintings to the college, partly in hope that 
other graduates who own work by the Days 
might someday do the same. She credits the 
Days with instilling in her a love of teaching 
and of painting. Harper keeps a photo of them 
in her studio in Malvern, Pennsylvania. 
Sometimes, when teaching, she says she would 
say something and think, "Oh, that sounds 
just like Elizabeth." 

Parting with the paintings was emotionally 
difficult, said Harper, because they have long 
reminded her that she was "so happy here" as 
a student at Mary Baldwin, where the Days 
"did have a profound influence on me." 

Miller, a retired missionary 
who lives in Harrisonburg, 
Virginia, has had the pin for 
many decades. She said she's 
not sure where it came 
from, but noting its 
age — the year 1894 
appears on the back 
— she thought the 
college would want it 
for its collection of 
historic memorabilia. 

Sarah Lacy Miller '38 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Winter 2Q 


MARY ANN NABER 76 to Gregg Stuessi, October 18, 2003 

LUCINDA "CINDY" FURR '81 to Alexander Lee Caldwell Jr., September 7 2002 

KRISTEN BARNER '90 to David Loar, August 1 , 2004 

KIMBERLY LUCAS '93 to Barth Berry, August 1 , 2003 

HOLLY HUNTER '94 to Michael "Christopher" Loeffler, March 22, 2003 

LOR! ANDERSON '96 to Thomas W. Goad Jr., March 29, 2003 

LISA SHIRLEY '98 to James Burns, October 17 2003 

CATHERINE CUMMINGS '99 to Richard Rennolds II, November 8, 2003 

ELIZABETH "BETH" SMITH '00 to Jeffrey Lee, June 25, 2004 

EMILY MAZZEO '00 to John Stephen Kruczynski, July 14. 2004 

MELANIETEEVAN '01 to Nick McConnell, September 20, 2003 

KIRSTEN WELTON '01 to Josh Shields, May 1, 2004 

CHRISTINE WUERTH '01 to Jeremy Spilman, October 11, 2003 

ERINN SINGMAN '02 '0 Ben Hopkins, June 27 2004 

JENNIFER "JENNY" RINACA '02 to John Bradley Hudgins, March 20, 2004 

AMANDA BENNETT '03 to Phillip David Lancaster, June 26, 2004 

KRISTEN COOPER '03 to Keith Uriah Mullen, January 1 , 2004 

MEGAN KLECKNER '03 to Christopher Jackson Moore, June 5, 2004 


JILL JOHNSON Horton '83 and Bob: a daughter, Elizabeth Grace Jingrong, 

born February 17 2003, adopted March 15, 2004 
DIANA "DEE" DOLES Stokes '86 and Robbie: a son, Robert Luther "Luke" 

Jr, March 6. 2004 
MARY BLASSER Brown '88 and Michael: a son, Andrew Walker, May 5. 2004 
GENEVIEVE "GENA" DAVIS Adams '89 and Peter a daughter, Emma 

Powers, September 25. 2003 
KELLY GARRETT Abbott '89 and Keith a daugher. Keaton Greer, 

September 19. 2003 
DIANA "KATHERINE" BRANT Manning '90 and David: an adopted 

daughter. Kathenne Grace "Kacki," born March 31, 2003 
JENNIFER "JENNI" NETTING Cramer '90 and Joe a son, John Franklin, 

April 7 2004 
VALERIE SKINNER Jerome '90 and Yat-Sen: a son, Hadley Jean, May 15, 2003 
LORI SMITH Beck '90 and John a daughter, Kesterenlindall, February 21, 2004 
HILDA "MAGGIE" TATE Rllth '90 and Michael: a son, Maximilian Tate, 

March 3. 2003 
SUSAN SOMMERS Crisp '91 and Sellers: a daughter, Susan "Shepherd," 

March 29, 2004 
ROSE CHU Beck '92 and Rex: a daughter. Anna Joy October 26, 2003 
ELIZABETH CONNELL Pee '92 and Thomas: a son, Anderson Wells, March 20. 

CATHERINE GREEN Lynch '92 and Monty: a son. Jackson Burrows, March 16. 

JULIA "JULIE" KING Maxwell '92 and Robert: a daughter, Emma Kate 

Sherman, December 22. 2003 
ANGELA STAATS Manning '92 and John: a son, Lucas Beniamin, April 17 2004 
KAREN WOOD Woodson '92 and John; a daughter, Caroline Gladden, June 2, 2004 
BRITTNEY HALL Gill '93 and Matt: a son. Grant Edward, October 6, 2003 

KIMBERLY LUCAS Ben-y '93 and Barth: a daughter, Geneva Ann "Nev." June 

29, 2004 
TRICIAWILSON Cotter '93 and Michael: a son, Michael E. Ill, July 31, 2003 
JEANNE "CAROL' BIGGS Sigley '94 and Chris a daughter, Grace Caroline, 

October 31. 2004 
HOLLY HUNTER Loeffler '94 and Christopher: a daugher, Campbell Morgan, 

March 21, 2004 
SARA WILLIAMSON Sutphin '94 and Mike: a son, Paul Colliver, July 15, 2004 
GARNETT CLYMER Ogden '95 and Chris: a son, Andrew William, June 15, 

ALEXIS GRIER Reid '95 and Langdon: a daughter, Caroline Fairchild, May 8, 

LEETHOMPSONVennillion'95andKevin:ason, Carter Lee, Apnl 1, 2004 
AMY GRIFFITH Ben-a '96 and Matthew: a daughter, Lola June, August 7 2003 
APRIL KIRBYWare '96 and Earl a son. Evan Kirby, Febmary 8, 2004 
MARGARET "MEG" CLARK Courtney '97 andTravis: a daughter. Mary Grace, 

May 15. 2004 
HOLLY SOUTH '97 and Patrick: a son. Ethan Luis, born January 1. 2003. adopt- 
ed July 14,2003 
ANNIE ANDREWS Minix '98 and Lee: a son. James Daniel. Apnl 20. 2004 
LATRICIA SCHENDEL Dickman '98 MAT and James twins. Ryland John and 

Jillian Paige. September 8, 2003 
LISA SHIRLEY Bums '98 ..Hud James: a daughter. Virginia Rose. May 20, 2004 
TORSKI DOBSON-Amold '99 ind Ronald: a son. Donathan Patrick, March 8, 

LETICIA HALL-Salam '00 and Abdul: a daughter, Farah, January 24, 2004 
MELISSA CARICO Bell '01 and Shane a daughter. Sterling Grace, May 25, 



KATHERINE HAZEN Peatrose '24, April 11, 2004 

SARA MARTIN McRoberts '25 June 26, 2004 

EVELYN "ELY" BAKER Arey '30 June 4, 2004 

ELEANOR MCMILLAN Norris '31, January 2, 2004 

MARGARET "PEG" DEMUND Banta '33, December 22, 2003 

ELISEWINSLOW Harris '38 Apnl 14, 2003 

LULU GRAVELY Shuff '39, June 13, 2004 

MARY KENNEDY Berry '40, May 13, 2003 

JOYCE ALBRIGHT Greig-Denis '41, June 28, 2004 

VIRGINIA CAIN Cfierry '42. May 22. 2004 

KATHARINE "KAY" SHELBOURNETrickey '43. May 15. 2004 

JANET WHITNEY Bowyer '46 March 12, 2004 

BETTY BUESCHER Mangan '50. April 26, 2004 

MILDRED "MITZr'VICK Pope '51, May 6, 2003 

MARION "JEAN" CHAPMAN Kollmansperger '53, June 27 2004 

JULIA ANN SCARBOROUGH Burgess '53 March 19, 2004 

CAROLYN OWENS Stuart 55, June 22, 2003 

ZOE DURRELL Bruner '69, June 3. 2004 

ANNE ANDERSON Wallen '75. July 8. 2004 

AUDREY CROSS '82 March 24. 2004 

Winter 2004 • Mary Baldwin College Magazine 


a umnae/i in action 

Charlotte, North Carolina 

Evening Reception to meet 
President Pamela Fox and Dan Layman 
at the home of Dr. Cynthia H.Tyson 
April 20, 2004 

1. Carolyn Gilmer Shaw '60 

Tom Piazza, Vice President for Institutional 


Carol Douglas 

2. Mary Nell McPherson 79 
Jacqueline Frost '69 















Columbia, South Carolina 

Evening Reception to meet 
President Pamela Fox and Dan Layman 
at the home of Nancy IVIayer Dunbar '60 
April 21, 2004 

3. BetsyWalkerCate '65 
Mary Dale Lott Wilson '44 
Nina Reid Mack '72 

4. Nancy Mayer Dunbar '60 
Mary Weston Grimball '69 

Pam Milliken Reed '64 

Staunton, Virginia 

Spring Luncheon at Mary Baldwin College 
April 27, 2004 

5. Jackie Ham Tarkington '49 
Nancy Payne Dahl '56 
Julie Reid 

Ginny Gochenour Reid '44 
Marie McClure Beck '50 

6. Marjorie Chambers 
Ruth Peters Sproul '43 
Mary Artis Danner Dennis '26 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Winter 2004 

Hampton, Virginia 

Evening Reception to meet 

President Pamela Fox and Dan Layman 

at the home of Rusty and Ann Gordon Abbott Evan 

April 29, 2004 

7 Ann Gordon Abbott Evans '65 
Chandler Hogg 

Mary Kathenne Evans Hogg '96 

8 Sue Warfield Capias '60 
President Fox 

Carol Wornom Sorensen '61 

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Charlottesville, Virginia 

Evening Reception to meet 

President Pamela Fox and Dan Layman 

At the home of Charies and Byrd Williams Abbott '64 

June 17, 2004 

9 Leah Griffith '03 

Carol Wheeler Stevenson '62 
Lynn Lytton Hamer '52 
Margaret McLaughlin Grove '52 
President Fox 
Byrd Williams Abbott '64 

10 Barbara McLaughlin '85 
KeilyWimmer '02 
Emilie Glover '02 

11 Charlie Smith 

Ann Lamb Peery '79 
Leann Hinton '03 
Betsy McLeod '03 

12. Bonnie Ford '82 

DawnTusing Burns '85 
Carolyn Tusing 

Winter 2004 • Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Off the Writer's Block: 
Monet Watkins '05 

Mary Baldwin College is a feeling, 
a sentiment, shared amongst facul- 
ty, staff, alumnae, and its students. 
To understand tfie ins and outs of 
tills institution, you have to be an 
integral part. At Baldwin, I have 
been able to develop my leadership 
skills by participating in organiza- 
tions such as Kuumba Players, 
Caribbean Student Association, 
Anointed Voices of Praise, and the 
SOAR program (Student 
Opportunities and Resources); I 
have encountered women that 
challenge, encourage, and create 
within me an open mind. 

I have always been fascinated by 
words. The subtle and obvious mean- 
ings of words and their ability to 
evoke emotion by conveying a 
thought or feeling just perfectly is 
truly an art. I've become pretty 
intense lately about examining the 
connotation and denotation of words 
and asking myself "Is this word per- 
fect for what I am writing right 
now?" Sometimes it seems a little 
obsessive; I write notes in the mar- 
gins of books I am reading and look 
up unfamiliar words. As a marketing 
communication major (working 
toward a minor in English), I am 
encouraged by my classes to be fas- 
tidious about my craft and to perfect 
it, to not stop searching for those 
perfect words. 

I enjoy giving public speeches, 
too, at church or wherever else I am 
asked to contribute. It is most enjoy- 
able when I write my own scripts. I 
can see myself as a speechwriter in 
the near future. 

During the 2003-04 academic 
year I was granted the Ben Stein 
Creative Writing Award, a scholar- 
ship given by the English 
department. No one continues to be 
more surprised than I that I earned 
the recognition. However, I'm glad 
my professors thought enough 
about me to say, "She has poten- 
tial." Knowing that Baldwin senses a 
need to give young women the tools 
to shape their future has bestowed 
me with the power to succeed. 

I came to college thinking that 
when I left I wanted to be able to 
say, "I know how to write." I believe 
that if you can write well and clearly, 
you can write your ticket anywhere. 
Once you get there, you can learn 
the specific skills you need, but your 
writing will get you in the door. 

I pray that I will seize the 
investments made by my parents, 
this institution, and those who 
placed encouragement within my 
path to better my life. And by bet- 
tering my life, I will take on the 
new role of investing in other peo- 
ple's lives here at Baldwin and 
throughout the world. 

ley Vincent '07 

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'Self-Proclaimed' Columnist 
Tackles Teen Issues in Print 

By Dawn Medley 

At age 7, most children's extracurricular activi- 
ties consist of playing in the schoolyard or the 
backyard with friends, mastering the elabo- 
rate button-pressing sequences of video 
games, and consuming vast amounts of sug- 
ary treats. But Bailey Vincent '07 was more 
occupied with writing, publishing, and hand- 
delivering her first newspaper to all the 
homes in her neighborhood. 

A decade later, it is no surpnse to those 
who know her that Vincent has had a regular 
column in the Staunton newspaper — under 
the heading "Self-Proclaimed Girl" — for near- 
ly three years. To them, she is the same child 
who got up early on the weekends, not to 
watch cartoons but to write furiously in note- 
books stashed around the house. 

"I think that was when my mom started 
to get worried about my social life," Vincent 
acknowledged with a smile. Little did her 
mother know that, in a few years, her daugh- 
ter would write about her social life for an 
audience of more than 20,000 readers. 

There is a message in the dozens of 
pieces Vincent has written for The News 
Leader. Whether her writing is sprightly or 
somber, introspective or extroverted, she is 
growing up self-assured and well adjusted, 

A December 2002 column ends with a 
characteristic, self-effacing quip: "So, this New 
Year's, I resolve to have no resolutions at all. 
As I count down from 10, I may not reach a 
new beginning on the other side. I would 
rather go into 2003 with all my mistakes, all 
my imperfections, and ever-present dorkiness 
— and not change a thing." 

Vincent started writing for her homemade 
newspapers with stones about the family cats 
and her best fnend, but her bona fide colum- 
nist career began when she sent a letter and a 
few samples to News Leader Opinions Editor 
Dennis Neal. 

"I liked to read the newspaper, but it didn't 
have a youth voice," Vincent said. "So, I decid- 
ed to ask them if I could be that voice. 

Neal said the newspaper was looking for 
ways to highlight young people's perspectives 
when Vincent's letter landed on his desk. 

"I liked Bailey because she was totally 
original," Neal said. "She writes about topics 
that are universal for people in her age group 

and expresses herself in a fresh way. She 
doesn't try to be something that she isn't" 

She got the gig, and her first column 
appeared in February 2002, with the headline 
"My identity is my own, on any given day." A 
blond, baby-faced, 15-year-old smiled in the 
accompanying photo. 

The initial reaction from readers was not 
all good; in fact, a lot of it was negative. 
Instead of deterring Vincent, it fueled her. 
"The moment I knew I was evoking some 
kind of response, I wanted more," she said. 

Looking through the scrapbook her moth- 
er assembled from all of the columns and 
some of the more flattenng feedback is "like 
reading my diary," Vincent said. She divides 
the pieces into two broad categories: hard- 
core and ballads, reflecting her taste in music. 

"Sometimes, I just want to talk about 
something that happened in my life and why it 
was important. Other times, I am deep and 

Older sister Courtney — Bailey is the 
youngest of five — said her sister's ability to 
embrace life's moments and explore them 
was evident early on. "She looks at the 
world with child-like awe, and finds the 
humor in everything." 

A prime example of that was in the first col- 
umn she wrote as an MBC student. "Having 
finished my opening day of college, I mentally 
congratulated myself for avoiding any of the 
usual disasters and triumphantly headed toward 
the car, only to proceed to fall flat on my face as 
my skirt flew upward. '"It's OK,' I tell myself. A 
percentage of the student body wanted to see 
what underwear you chose today.'" 

And there's no mistaking that Vincent 
wants to be "an activist in pigtails" — as her 
sister refers to her — for a wider audience, 
too. She has turned down a few requests to 
write columns for other publications until she 
finishes her education, but she's not shy about 
admitting that she would like to be a syndicat- 
ed columnist. 

"I tried to take a break before I started 
school, thinking I would be too busy, but I just 
ended up with Post-It notes stuck all over with 
ideas for columns," she said. 

"I thought I was going to burst if I didn't 
start writing again." 



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